m. m ^rnni' DOCUMENTS MAIN LIBRARY riOSED ACKS SAN FRAMCiSCO ^ J--^ 39 y 352 Sa528a — / 663441 NOT TO BE TAKEN FROM THE LIBRARY FORM 3427 5000 9- 51 :H r SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY 3 1223 03373 1994 Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2013 http://archive.org/details/annualrepofpr19391946wa BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1939 --.w LIBRAE ANNUAL REPORT PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL SAN FRANCISCO December 21, ig^g GG3441 3 1223 03373 1994 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Angelo J. Rossi Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco Ralph J. A. Stern, President Horace B. Clifton, Vice President Judge Thomas M. Foley Frederick J. Koster Harry A. Milton Ramsay Moran Allison E. Schofield John J. Sullivan J. H. Threlkeld Colonel William H. Tobin Dr. Alanson Weeks War Memorial Staff Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary to the Board To His Honor, the Mayor of San Francisco, AND TO This Board: Today is the final meeting of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco and for the year 1939, and, according to custom, I submit my concluding report as President of the Board. I am deeply indebted to the members of the Board, to our Managing Director, and to our Secretary, for the splendid sup^ port given me during the year. The proper administration of these great Temples of Service requires understanding as to their purpose, intelligent interest in its fulfillment, and constant thought and effort for accomplishment. Dedicated as they are to the Citi2;ens of San Francisco who gave their lives in the serv ice of our Country, their purpose is service to the living — and as such are unique among the War Memorials of this Country, pro' viding a home and meeting place for War Veteran organiziations, as well as artistic, cultural and spiritual opportunities for all the people of San Francisco. I have had a happy and pleasant year as your President. It has truly been a labor of love, and I am grateful for the privilege you afforded me and for the fine spirit and harmony that prevailed. My report follows: IN MEMORIAM The death of Vice President Clifton, in October, 1939, left a void that will be difficult to fill, and the following resolution was spread on the minutes of the Board: Whereas: On October 25, 1939, Almighty God, in His Infinite Wisdom, called to everlasting rest our beloved friend and Vice President, Horace Bradford Clifton; and Whereas: In his passing the community has lost an honest and upright business man, a conscientious public servant, a 2,ealous patriot and loyal citizen, a patron of the Arts, a humane and kindly man highly esteemed by all who knew him. Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved: That we, the mem' bers of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco, with whom he served so well, feeling a keen sense of personal loss in his death, express our deep erief, and extend to the bereaved widow and family our heartfelt sympathy; Further Resolved: That when this meeting adjourns, it adjourns out of respect to the memory of Horace Bradford Clifton; and Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this meeting and a copy for' warded to his wife, Olga Caroline Clifton. COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE YEAR 1939 Budget and Finance: Chairman (Including Panama Pa- Vicc-Chaii cific International Expo' Members sit ion Fellowship) Art Association: Chairman Members Opera and Symphony: Chairman Members Public Relations: P. P. I. E. Murals: Ve ETERANS W. P. A. Mural Project: Allocation of Earned Income: Traffic: Chairman Member Chairman Member Chairman Members Chairman Chairman Chiiirman  Trustee Moran lan Trustee Schofield Trustee Milton Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Weeks Trustee Koster Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Weeks Vice'President Clifton Trustee Koster Trustee Schoficld Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Foley Trustee Milton Trustee Col. Tobin \^ice President Clifton Trustee Schoficld Trustee Foley Trustee Moran Trustee Sullivan Trustee Col. Tobin Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Sullivan Trustee Schofield Because of illness, the services of Trustee Harry Milton and Trustee John Threlkeld were not available to the Board except during the early part of the year. Likewise, the services of Trustee John J. Sullivan were lost to the Board because of a provision in the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco which vacated his office at the time he filed as a candidate for Supervisor. A great portion of the Board's work is accomplished through committees and, because of their nature, the following committees bore the brunt of a large portion of the Board's activities: Budget and Finance Trustee Ramsay Moran, Chairman Veterans Trustee Allison Schofield, Chairman Opera AND Symphony Vice-President Horace Chfton, Chairman These Trustees, through their conscientious attention and effort, close application and understanding of their responsibilities, con- tributed outstanding effort to the success of this Board's opera- tions during the past year. They were constantly called on to solve problems that required their steady and active interest. They gave unstintingly of their time and have my deep admiration for their unselfish labors. My personal appreciation and thanks i- extended to them. The Board of Trustees has been operating as a unit with the happy disappearance of so-called ''Board classifications." No longer are the members of the Board recogni2;ed as "Opera Mem- bers" or "Symphony Members" or "Veteran Members" etc. They are now working as a body with full responsibilities to all the statutory tenants of the buildings. This condition is indeed gratifying, as it tends to a harmonious and efficient operation of the War Memorial as a whole. RELATIONS WITH TENANTS Harmony between the tenants and the Board during the past year has been all that could be desired. My personal appreciation is extended to Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley, Director of the San   Francisco Museum of Art; to Dr. John J. O'Brien and Claude A. Marckley, Chairmen of the American Legion War Memorial Commission; to Robert W. Miller, President of the San Francisco Opera Association; to Mrs. Stanley Powell, President of the San Francisco Opera Guild; and to Mrs. Leonora Wood Armsby, President of the Musical Association of San Francisco,- — for their cooperation and appreciation of the problems involved in the operation of the War Memorial. Also in this regard, I would call your attention to the friendly, impartial service rendered to me personally, and to the Board as a whole, by the Secretary of the American Legion War Memorial Commission, Mr. Joseph C. Claridge. His suggestions and com' ments proved of inestimable value throughout the year. LABOR RELATIONS The relation between the Trustees and the employees of the War Memorial has been, on the whole, satisfactory — particularly with the heads of departments. Some difficulty had been en' countered with the janitorial staff through LInion demands con' cerning overtime. The very nature of the operation of the War Memorial requires constant janitorial service on practically a twenty-four hour schedule so that the normal hours of work are impossible to maintain and it was necessary, because of the ex' pense involved, to curtail our compensation for certain overtime work which caused some disruption and conference with Union officials. The Board maintained its position, and beheves that the new scheme of operation is proving to be satisfactory to a great ma- jority of the janitorial staff and we look forward to a continuance of our present harmonious relations. During the peak convention periods of this year, and also during the Grand Opera Season, our employees showed a par' ticularly fine appreciation of their obligation to the public. Their work was conscientiously and well done, and your President had the happy opportunity of complimenting most of our staff for their excellent work. [9} ACHIEVEMENTS Follows a progress report of some of the outstanding aehic\'ements accomplished during the year 1939. WAR MEMORIAL RESERVE FUND This tund was created by Ordinance 125, Series of 1939 of the Board of Supervisors allocating 15', of the gross revenue of the Department as a Reserve Fund, to be used for improvements, betterments and replacements within the Department. Up until the passage of this Ordinance and since the exhaustion of the trust fund account, the Board has been entirely dependent on appro' priations in the annual budget tor improvements and betterments. This was a very unsatisfactory situation because under the budget system the Board could never be sure that the items requested would be allowed and much needed work, for this reason, had to be postponed from year to year. Through the concentrated efforts of the members of the Board, this Ordinance, which received the approval of Mayor Angelo Rossi, the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Board of Super' visors, became a part of the statutes of the City and County of San Francisco, assuring, for the future, that the War Memorial will have a reserve fund on which to draw for its improvements and betterments as required. While this sum, under present earnings, will not be coiit pletely adequate for the purpose, it is a start in the right direc tion and gives a permanency to planning that would not be possible otherwise. MRS. FLOOD'S GIFT The War Memorial, and particularly the Opera House with its glorious foyers and corridors, could display and should be the home of fine works of art, and we were very happy to announce that Mrs. James L. Flood gave to the citizens of the City and County of San Francisco, for use in the Opera House, a mag' nificent collection of art objects, tapestries, mirrors, furniture, and [ HO statuary at an appraised value of over a quarter of a million dol- lars. These were placed in the Opera House and have added greatly to the color and warmth of the interior of the building. It is my sincere hope that other citizens of San Francisco will emulate Mrs. Flood's actions and donate, in the future, objects of art for the glorification of the buildings. HARD OF HEARING AIDS The electrical circuits in the Opera House for connection with head sets for the hard of hearing were placed in operation this year and have found ready acceptance — so much so that addi' tional facilities are now being developed. Outlets are located in the Orchestra section, Grand Tier section. Dress Circle section, Balcony Circle section, and Boxes, with a total of 378. Further, with the facilities provided through cord sets there is hardly a location within the auditorium of the Opera House that cannot be connected with one of the outlets. Programs carry announcements as to the procedure required to procure one of these sets, and it has been simplified so that the user can apply for a set at the time of purchasing the seat, and the set is installed by the usher on arrival for the performance. Through this, the Board has presented the opportunity of hear- ing performances to those who otherwise could not receive this enjoyment. OPERA GUILD ROOM AND LIBRARY The Board granted to the San Francisco Opera Guild the use of one of the rooms in the north corridor of the Opera House for a musical reference library and headquarters. We hope in this w^ay to bring the Opera Guild into closer relations with the Board of Trustees so that they may feel that the Opera House is their home — with the fond hope on our part that they will follow in the footsteps of the Metropolitan Opera Guild who have added so much personal interest and beauty to the Metropolitan Opera House through their donations of paint' ings and statuary pertaining to the Arts.  FLOOD LIGHTING In cooperation with Mr. Arthur Brown, Jr., the official and honorary architect of the War Memorial, a project is being de' veloped tor the flood lighting of the War Memorial, including in this scheme the lighting of the Veterans Building, Memorial Court, and the Opera House, in conformity with the City Hall to the east on Van Ness Avenue, with the purpose of bringing in the broad Avenue as a central focal point in the form of a plaza, uniting the group as a whole by the use of a unified fluorescent lighting system. This project will ultimately demand a considerable expenditure but is so developed that it could be created a small part at a time, and on the last meeting of the Board in November, an authorized appropriation of $2500 v/as earmarked from the War Memorial Reserve Fund for this purpose and plans are under way for an immediate start on this project, which will add so much beauty to the Memorial. It is my suggestion, respectfully submitted to the incoming President, that a continuing committee be appointed to carry on this project to its ultimate conclusion. FEDERAL ART PROJECT (W.P.A.) Very little has been accomplished on this project but it is hoped that this committee will continue and we will be able to take advantage in the future of any opportunity for the carrying out of the interior beautification of the Veterans Building, and the ultimate possibility of the construction of a fountain or appro' priate statuary in the Memorial Court. PARKING Through the special committee headed by Trustee Schofield and with the cooperation of our Secretary and the Secretary of the American Legion War Mem.orial Commission, a new develop^ ment was instigated in the handling of traffic during the peak usage of the Buildings. This was first put into effect during the recent Grand Opera Season and was very successful. Traffic was handled with greater smoothness and facility than ever before.  OTHER DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES PUBLICITY The War Memorial group is increasingly receiving favorable publicity throughout the United States and Europe, through the operation of the San Francisco Museum of Art, the San Fran' Cisco Symphony, and the Opera House. Articles of comment were noted in some of the leading maga2,ines, the Nev^^ York Times, Chicago Tribune, and in musical papers published throughout the world. The music critic of the New York Times visited San Francisco during the first week of the Grand Opera Season just closed. His impressions of the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and of the opening night appeared in the New York Times, and the following is quoted therefrom: 'The San Francisco War Memorial Opera House is a sign of the times which may well presage a better day for the lyric theatre in America. Not that any building, however modern, commodious or attractive in appearance can make a great per' formance or a great opera, either. These evolutions depend upon processes which cannot be induced by the manipulation of steel, stone and mortar. But much that is constructive in the musico' dramatic art can be stimulated by the creation of Opera houses which represent unmistakably what they stand for in the com' munity, and furnish the best facilities for artistic achievement. The Opera House of San Francisco is that kind of an edifice. Its place in the design of the city, its impressive but not academic or frigid architecture; the plan of its interior and the technical resources of its stage are well conducive to the conditions in which music drama can flourish. It is more remindful of Europe than America to behold an opera house with its own grounds and squares, streets, con' courses, in, so to speak, its own right, which does not convey the impression of something stuck in the middle of a business block for purposes of convenience and profit. Here is the sense of spaciousness — even of cultivated leisure, and a place intended as a home of art and beauty." VISITORS TO THE OPERA HOUSE For the accommodation of visitors, a guide is on duty at the Opera House. The following are extracts from his report for the period from January 1st, 1939, to December 6th, 1939:  [ 141 "During this time, 6,534 visitors were taken through the Opera House by the guide, which was a marked increase over previous years. During the period covered by the report, guests from British Columbia, Hawaii, and every state in the Union except Vermont have signed the Opera House register. Our own Cahfornia led the list with the greatest number of registrations and the State of Washington was a close second. Foreign countries hsted on the register include Canada, New Zealand, France, Peru, Australia, England, Philippine Islands, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Egypt, Scot' land, Uruguay, South Africa, Persia, British India, Mexico, Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, China, Brazil, Japan, Austria, Czecho Slovakia, and Belgium. Many special groups were included such as schools, Parent- Teacher Associations, Scouts, Art Associations, civic and con- vention groups, and organized tourist parties here for the ExpO' sition." Visitors included many distinguished guests from throughout the world, and I would like to give you the closing remarks of the guide in his annual report: "all in all it has been a good year. The fame of the Opera House, its beauty and equipment, is gradually going to the four corners of the globe, and the news is being carried there by those who paid us a visit." We have received during the year, many letters of commenda- tion particularly from the users of the War Memorial for con' vention purposes and our staff and Managing Director, the Sec retary, and those in subordinate positions are continually being mentioned for their fine attention to the needs and desires of the tenants. TRUSTEES^ ROOM This room is becoming one of the show places of the Opera House, containing as it does walls covered with pictures of prom- inent artists who appeared in the Opera House, and the official guest book in which all the artists who have appeared in the Opera House (since the establishment of this book) have signed. This beautiful guest book of parchment, made possible by the Carmel Fallon Fund, is becoming more valuable with each passing year, and it is now one of the traditions of the artistic world to be registered in the guest book of the San Francisco War ^^^emorial Opera House. [15} The use of the Trustees' Room is growing — I believe to the sat' isfaction of the Trustees — providing as it does the opportunity of extending courtesies to distinguished guests and friends at the Opera House. ALLOCATION OF EARNED INCOME Projects for the future, approved by the Board for develc^pment as funds become available, are listed under the following titles: New Elevator for Opera House stage. Additional lighting for Veterans Building meeting halls. Sidewalk repairs in front of the Veterans Building. Additional seats Opera House. Anti'slipping treatment Opera House stairs. Installation of vents and louvres for Veterans Club. Augmented ventilating system Dress Circle and Balcony, Opera House. Downward spots for Veterans Auditorium. Scenery sets for miscellaneous concerts in Opera House. W. P. A. Mural Projects (material costs). Awnings for Veterans Building entrance on Van Ness Avenue. SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THE WAR MEMORIAL TRUST FUND The Subscription Collection Department, headed by Eldon B. Spofford as attorney for the Board, closed its file as it felt that further collections on the subscription account were improbable. PANAMA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION TRUSTEESHIP FELLOWSHIP By the funds left in trust by the Panama Pacific International Exposition Trusteeship in dissolution, a scholarship was made effective for the Spring semester of 1938 at the University of California. This scholarship was changed to a Fellowship in Pacific Coast History, with an approximate income of $600.00 per year. The stipend for this year was $720.00, and the current holder is John Denton Carter. The holder for the 1938-39 college year was James F. King.  The earlier appointed Fellows spent most of their time catalog- ing material which was deposited with the University of Cali- fornia. Mr. King recently filed a report on this material with this Board through the graduate school of the University. I believe that from now on the Fellowship will prove of great value for the purpose intended. The cash value of the Fund is approximately $1 5,000.00, and is invested in long term securities certified for investment by the State Banking Commission. FILMS A complete collection of m.otion picture films of the activities during the operation of the Panama Pacific International Exposi- tion are on deposit. These were offered to the Golden Gate In- ternational Exposition for recutting and retitling but so far have not been in use. As the years go on these films should prove of historic interest. MURALS We received forty murals from the Panama Pacific Interna- tional Exposition and have placed the following to date: Eight Brangwyns are in the Veterans Auditorium and con- stitute the main decorative motif therein. Two duMonds are in the San Francisco Public Library. Eight Robert Rieds are in the Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda and were recently rehabilitated under a W.P.A. Federal Arts project. "The Lure of the Atlantic" is at the Press Club, San Francisco. Three — "Spring", "Seedtime" and "Harvest" are at the Lux School, San Francisco. Four — "Summer", "Festivity", "Fruition" and "Autumn" are at the Veterans Home at Yountville. Most of the remaining murals are in poor condition but a few are usable and we hope to place them shortly.  THF. BRANr;\VYN MURALS ALDITORIUM. VITI RAN'S BUILDING [ 18] HISTORY SETS Effort was made to place these sets in public libraries and schools throughout the United States, and also in foreign re' search libraries on request. To date some three hundred sets have been distributed with an equal number remaining on hand. CARMEL FALLON FUND In the distribution of the estate of Annie Malone, as approved by the courts in 1933, a share was set aside to the "Trustees of the San Francisco War Memorial", for construction, improve- ment or maintenance of the Opera House. This bequest was to be known as the "Carmel Fallon Fund", in memory of the mother of Annie Malone. Small sums have been reali2,ed from time to time, which have been used for the purposes intended, including the guest book installed in the Trustees' room, and a fine plaque, commemorating the first performance ever held in the Opera House, that of "La Tosca" on October 15, 1932. A small remaining balance of approximately one hundred dol- lars is in this fund, and as the estate is still in the process of dis- tribution, further funds may be expected from time to time, which receipts should be used for the purpose of permanent adornment of the Opera House. WAR MEMORIAL GROUP EMPLOYMENT The War Memorial Department, and the various tenants of the two buildings, provide employment for a considerable number of San Francisco citi2,ens. There are regularly 120 and temporarily 285 employees, segre- gated as follows: Department employees 41 Regular Staff of Opera and Symphony 15 Art Museum 22 A. L. War Memorial Commission and allied groups 40 Genealogical Library 2 Total Regular Employees 120  Temporary Employees divided among Orchestra Chorus Ballet House Service Other Temporary Employees 28'> Some of this temporary employment lasts for a few months and some during a greater portion of the year. USE OF FACILITIES VETERANS BUILDING The Veterans Building, that portion of the War Memorial tenanted under the operation of the American Legion War Memorial Commission, contains three floors, a large section of the basement, and also the Veterans Auditorium. There are 178 individual units of various War Veteran or- ganizations and their auxiliaries now meeting regularly in this Building. The majority of the organizations who meet in the Veterans Building use the meeting halls on the average of twice each month, and the records of the various halls of the Building indicate that for the year 1939 there were 4,969 individual uses of meeting halls, and Board Rooms which total twentytwo in number. Many of these rooms are used twice on the same day — an average for each meeting hall and room of 29 times per month. The record of use of the Veterans Building during the past year and the permanent registration list indicate clearly that the Building is now operating very closely to capacity for five days and nights of each week, the slack night being Saturday on which night very few organizations hold meetings. It is, of course, impossible to report a definite record of at' tendance at the meetings held in the Veterans Building but from the normal membership of the various units and the normal at- tendance at the meetings a safe average attendance per meeting is estimated at fifty persons, which v.^ould make the total attendance for the year of 248,450.  In addition to the use of meeting halls and band practice rooms which are covered by the above, there is the use of the Veterans Auditorium, with a seating capacity of 1106. Many types of affairs are held therein — concerts, lectures, shows of various kinds, receptions, large meetings of veteran organi2;ations, and dances. The Auditorium was used 130 times during the year. The attendance at these various affairs fluctuates considerably but a fair average would be 500 persons per affair, making a total of 65,000. Further, there is a constant day and night use of the Club, Women's Lounge and Green Room in the Veterans Building — the facilities of which are confined to those veterans who belong to a regularly constituted and recognized war veteran organi2;ation and members of their families. The Club operates from 12:00 noon to 2:00 A.M., six days per week, throughout the year. It is open occasionally on Sunday for day use only. Also, there are on the first floor of the Veterans Building the offices and headquarters of the various veteran organi2,ations whose headquarters are open each business day, and with con' siderable traffic resulting. However, it is impossible to estimate with any degree of accuracy the number of persons who are dailv in the Building for transaction of business in their headquarters. Four conventions were held in the Veterans Auditorium dur' ing the year — the two principal ones being the National Educa' tion Association and the American Bar Association, which not alone used the Auditorium but also the meeting halls during the day periods. These conventions were handled with very little additional expense to the Board of Trustees because of the fine cooperation of the American Legion War Memorial Commission and the San Francisco Department of Public Schools who sup' plied much needed temporary equipment. The total number of people using this Building during 1939 was 313,450, which is exclusive of the office and casual traffic to the Club and Lounge, and exclusive of conventions, and indicates that the facilities are being used to practically their fullest extent and are fulfilling completely their function for which this Build' ing was intended. The conduct of the management of the [21} Building, through the American Legion War Memorial Commis' sion, is excellent and justifies the confidence of the citi2;ens of San Francisco and the Board of Trustees in directing this responsi' bility to the Commission. LIBRARY OF THE CALIFORNIA SOCIETY OF THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION This Library is situated on the third floor of the Veteran? Building, is considered one of the finest genealogical libraries in Western United States, and is used particularly by students of early American history. There are approximately six thousand volumes in this Library, as well as unusual charts, manuscripts and pamphlets; also many individual family records, town, county and state history, and unusual town vital statistics prior to 1850. The Library is open daily to the public Monday to Friday, inclusive, and on the first and third Saturday of each month. A total of 1652 people visited this Library for the purpose of study and research during the past year. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART This Museum, one of the most progressive museums in the United States, occupies the entire fourth floor and a portion of the basement of the Veterans Building. This is the Museum of the San Francisco Art Association, and is under the direction of Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley. This is one of the finest contributions in the War Memorial Group to the citi2;ens of San Francisco. Situated as it is in down' town metropolitan San Francisco, it is one of the few museums that is available to the public in the evening. The Museum is open every evening until 10:00. Proper viewing is made possible through the improved and modern artificial lighting facilities which are considered the leading standard of their particular class. The San Francisco Museum of Art is recogni2;ed by the pro' fession as among the few leading museums in this country in its active educational work, instructional study, exhibits, in the technique of the presentation of exhibits, and its enlightened pohcy in regard to collections. It is outstanding in promoting and [23}  aiding art growth in the community by exhibiting the works of living artists and by the broad knowledge, scholarly presentation and interpretation of all that is going on in the art world today. An outstanding achievement is the enrollment of children for free Saturday morning induction in the appreciation of art. No formal instruction is given but materials are furnished free, and the children are encouraged to learn by use the method of the artists, and to become familiar with the Museum as a place for enjoyment. The Museum has received favorable publicity throughout the United States through radio broadcasting and in all the national art publications. This, in part, is due to the high attainments of the Director, whose ability has been recogni2,ed by her inclusion on the Boards of many of the outstanding art groups in the country. A careful check was kept for statistical purposes on the at- tendance. There were approximately 125,000 visitors to the Museum during 1939. Over 110 exhibits were given during the year of which approximately one-third were largely or wholly given to the Art of the West. Sixty 'three free public lectures have been given, 79 meetings on art and art study held. Three hun- dred children are regularly enrolled in the free Saturday hours, with a total attendance for the three years of this work of 23,919. The Art Library, an outstanding collection of books, cata- logues, etc., devoted to the Arts, is widely used by research workers and students. Registered use for the year was 2527. SAN FRANCISCO WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE All the elements necessary for beauty, convenience and mechan- ical perfection have been assembled to make the War Memorial Opera House the outstanding structure of its kind, and it is the only municipally owned Opera House in the United States. Its erection has been more than justified by the constantly growing use, and our Grand Opera Seasons are rapidly being accepted on a par with the Metropolitan of New York. During the year 1939, there were 136 performances of various kinds, attended by an estimated 342,000 people. In addition, seven   conventions held at least a portion of their sessions in the Opera House, totaUing seventeen days with an attendance of 30,000. The following estimates arc interesting, and indicate the wide use of facilities: ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES, OPERAS, SYMPHONIES, MISCEL- LANEOUS PERFORMANCES No. OF Estimated Shows Atiekdance Grand Opera Season (Opera Association) 17 52,000 San Carlo Opera Season 20 42,500 Symphony Season of the Musical Association of San Francisco (including YPS) 34 97,000 Federal Music Project Symphonies 6 15,000 Art Commission Symphony 1 3,500 Ballet Russe (Art Commission) 8 25,000 Peter Conley Attractions 13 34,000 Opera Association Concert Division 5 12,000 Paul Posz Attractions 3 6,000 Brother Leo lectures (St. Mary's) 4 10,000 Japanese Ballet 2 6,500 Other shows, meetings, lectures II 25,')00 Teachers' Institutes (days) 4 7,000 High School and College Graduations 8 16,000 136 342,000 CONVENTIONS General Federation of Women's Cluhs parts of 5 days American Library Association 1 Eastern Star 1 (night) Fire Chiefs 1 National Education Association parts of 4 American Bar Association parts of 3 Salvation Army parts of 2 17 Days Estimated Attendance at Conventions 30,000 17th ANNUAL GRAND OPERA SEASON The 17th Annual Grand Opera Season was an outstanding success both artistically and financially. No further contribu' tions were required from the guarantor members: REPERTOIRE: Manon, Massenet Die Walkure, Wagner (two performances) Madame Butterfly, Puccini (two performances) Tristan und Isolde, Warner  RiGOLETTO, Verdi (two performances) Lucia di Lammermooh, Donizetti Otello, Verdi La Traviata, Verdi Barber of Seville, Rossini FiDELio, Beethoven I Pagliacci, Leoncavallo Cavalleria Rusticana, Mascagni II Trovatore, Verdi Presenting, among others, the following outstanding guest artists: Charlotte Bocrner Alexander Kipnis Michael Bartlctt Marjoric Lawrence Richard Bonelli Giovanni Martinelli George Cehanovsky Nino Martini Norman Cordon Kathryn Meisle Louis d'Angelo Lauritz Melchior Kirsten Flagstad Lily Pons Dusnlina Giannini Jarmila Novotna Hertha Glatz Elisabeth Rethberg Julius Huehn Bidu Sayao Frederick Jagel Tito Schipa Lawrence Tibbett MUSICAL ASSOCIATION OF SAN FRANCISCO This Association maintains the San Francisco Symphony. The Fall and Spring Symphony Seasons bring music lovers locally and from distant points. The Opera Fiouse, in its magnificent sur' roundings, is a perfect setting, and thirty-four performances were presented to large and appreciative audiences. Through cooperation of this Board and the assistance of an appropriation from the tax rate the San Francisco Musical Asso- ciation has been able to keep the charges for performances so rea- sonable that all those who wish can afford the indulgence and pleasure. The Musical Association, like the San Francisco Opera Asso' ciation, maintains fully staffed offices, practice and storage rooms in the Opera House. In addition to the regular performances, there were almost con- stant rehearsals during the season by the orchestra. [2S] CONCESSIONAIRE (Opera House) It is recommended that a careful study be made of the Con' cessionaire's contract by the incoming Opera Committee of the Board. A casual investigation indicated that the rental is on the basis of approximately 25% of the gross income and if these facts are verified indicates too high a percentage which will eventually reflect in our service to the public. The gross income for the 1937'38 season, a period of twelve months including one Grand Opera Season, was $14,050.00, whereas, for the 1938--39 season, a period of fifteen months and including two Grand Opera Seasons, the gross was $24,670.00.  SUMMARY OF ATTENDANCE VETERANS" BUILDING Attendance at meetings 248,450 Attendance at Auditt)rium atl'airs 65,000 Genealogical Library 1,652 Club Room, Lounge and office visitors 50,000 Conventions 3,000 368,102 ART MUSEUM, including Library 125,000 OPERA HOUSE Attendance at performances 342,000 Attendance at conventions 30,000 Guide-conducted tours 6,524 378,524 Total Estimated and registered attendance. . 871,626 BUDGETS AND INCOME Follows the 1939'4r) budget allowance for the fiscal year, with comparative figures for prior years: GENERAL BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS 1939- 1938- 1937- 1936- 1940 1939 1938 1937 Permanent Salaries 78,673 78,673 78,673 71,460 Temporary Salaries 5,263 5,263 5,263 5,000 Wages 1,750 1,750 ],750 1,500 Contractual Services 4,200 5,700 6,150 2,833 Heat, Light and Power 14,500 13,000 13,000 14,000 Materials and Supplies 4,000 4,500 4,500 5,000 Equipment 500 (Supplemental) 2,000 Services of other departments 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 War Memorial Reslrve 5,640 A— Gross Totals— General .... 118,026 113,386 115,836 103,843 B— Less Transfers— General .. —15,680 —14,680 —16,450 —14,383 C— Net Totals— General 102,346 98,706 99,386 89,460  ART MUSEUM APPROPRIATIONS Permanent Salaries Temporary Salaries Heat, Light and Power Materials and Supplies A'l Gross Totals — Art Museum B'l Less Transfers — Art Museum C'l Net Totals — Art Museum . . Grand Gross Totals (A plus A- 1) Less Total Transfers (B plus B'l) Net Grand Totals (C plus C-l) 110,241 6,960 43 5 7,500 500 6,960 435 8,000 500 6,960 435 8,000 500 5,220 435 8,000 750 1^395 —7,500 15,895 —8,000 15,895 —8,000 14,405 ^8,000 7,895 7,895 7,895 6,405 133,421 —23,180 ■ 129,281 —22,680 - 131,731 —24,450 • 118,248 —22,383 110,241 106,601 107,281 95,865 COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF EARNINGS By Fiscal Years Required by Appropriation ACTUAL 1939-40 Ordinance RECEIPTS Opera House $31,000.00 $22,350.00 (Estimated Concessions 2,000.00 2,100.00 to 12/31 Veterans Auditorium 4,000.00 1,3 50.00 6 mos.) Miscellaneous 600.00 35.00 TOTALS $37,600.00 $25,835.00 1938-39 Opera House $30,000.00 $33,296.00 Concessions 3,750.00 2,063.00 Veterans Auditorium 3,000.00 4,900.00 Miscellaneous 3 5.00 55.00 TOTALS $36,785.00 $40,314.00 1937-38 Opera House $29,000.00 $38,710.00 Concessions 3,750.00 3,062.00 Veterans Building 3,000.00 3,975.00 Miscellaneous . . .'^ 35.00 52.00 TOTALS $35,785.00 $45,799.00 1936-37 Opera House $29,000.00 $33,727.00 Concessions 3,750.00 3,1 12.00 Veterans Building 1,500.00 5,175.00 Miscellaneous . ^ 3 5.00 67.00 TOTALS $34,285.00 $42,081.00  NET OPERATING COSTS— By Fiscal Years J938-39 J937'38 1936-37 GROSS EXPENDITURES, as shown on Comparative Budaict Allowance and Expenditure Shect^ $129,281 $131,731 $118,248 Department Receipts, per Statement of Earnings 40,314 4>,799 42,081 Actual Net Operating Costs to Tax- payers ^. $ S8,9o7 $ 85,932 $ 76,167 The Net Operating Cost to Taxpayers does not include bond interest or redemption charges. The original expenditures for the War Memorial of San Francisco were $6,250,000, of which $2,000,000 were contributions, gifts, etc., $250,000 appropria- tions from the municipal government, and $4,000,000 a bond issue. These were 4^- per cent bonds, maturing $200,000 per year 1932 to 1951, inclusive. The outstanding balance today is $2,400,000. RECOMMENDATIONS As your President, I submit the following for the considera' tion of the Board. I recommend that (a) William Douglas, the Board's Secretary, be given the title of Assistant Managing Director and Secretary; that he have direct responsibility under the Managing Director for personnel, material and maintenance, and that he be relieved of office routine and detail work through the employment of an additional clerk. If this recommendation is carried out, it will, in my opinion, greatly add to the efficient and proper management of the Buildings. With the large number of employees and the vast responsibility and hundreds of rooms of wide usage, a direct responsibility for personnel, material, and maintenance should be placed on a member of the executive staff and Mr. Douglas has shown his ability to carry out this phase of our activities. (b) That we continue the WPA Mural Project and make a serious eifort to bring this matter to completion.  (c) Recommend to the Budget Committee that they include in their request for this year, a permanent painter. A)l those famihar with the Buildings well realise that this is an absolute necessity and dependence on the Depart' ment of Public Works for painting has been entirely unsatisfactory and difficult to include definitely in any budget. (d) The janitorial staff should be increased by a minimum of four janitors. (e) Ventilation of the Opera House Balcony Circle and the Veterans Club — Provisions should be made in our budget this year for this work, which has become neces' sary for the comfort of the users. From the rough esti" mates we have had, this work can be accomplished for approximately $6,500. (f) Awnings for the Veterans Building should also be in- cluded in this year's budget. This item has been on our preferred list for some time. (g) Minutes — At the present time our minutes are kept in the form of a file system. Recommend that bound min' ute books in volume form be used. The initial expense is not very great and the continuing expense small, but in this manner we will have a current library of activi' ties available for the members of the Board and other interested parties at all times. (h) Suggest that a continuing committee be appointed on the Flood Light Project. Submitted, Ralph J. A. Stern, President  BOARDS OF TRUSTEES cl" tiic WAR MEMORIAL OF SAX FRANCISCO 1930* TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T. Cameron. Vice-President Frank N. Bclgrano. Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bcntley James I. Herz James W. Mullen Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin Original Board, confirmed by Board of Supervisors. March 3. 1930. 1931 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T. Cameron. Vice-Preside-)tt Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley James I. Herz James W. Mullen"' Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin James W. Mullen died July 25. 1931. 1932 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury. President Gcoige T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley* James I. Herz Harry A. Miltonf Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin * Robert I. Bentley died February 22. 193 2. t Harry A. Milton confirmed January 18. 1932. vice James W. Mullen, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director ' W. C. Douglas, Secretary Appointed November 1,1932. Appointed September 8. 1933 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, Pre.sicIeiU George T. Cameron. Vice-Pre.sident Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. lames I. Herz lohn A. McGregorf Colbert Coldwell* Charles H. Kendrick Harry A. Milton Jesse C. Colman General Hunter Liggett Richard M. Tobin '•'Colbert Coldwell confirmed January 2, 1933, vice George Hearst, term expired, t John A. McGregor confirmed January 2. 1933, vice Robert I. Bentley, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. Managing Direct.>r W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1934 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, Pre.sident George T. Cameron. Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. James I. Herz* John A. McGregor Colbert Coldwell Charles H. Kendrick Harry A, Milton Jesse C. Colman General Hunter Liggett Richard M. Tobin James I. Herz resigned February. 1934. Col. Wm. FI. Tobin.. U. S, A.. Ret., con- firmed March 5, 1934. vice James I. Herz.  STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 193? TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury,* President George T. Cameron,* J Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. Charles H. Kendrick Allison E. Schofield f J Colbert Coldwell John A. McGregor Ralph J. A. Stern f Hon. Thomas M. Foleyf Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin * K. R. Kingsbury and George T. Cameron resigned December, 193?. Joseph S. Thompson and J. H. Threikeld confirmed December 9, 1935, vice K. R. Kings- bury and George T. Cameron, respectively, f Hon. Thomas M. Foley, Allison E. Schofield and Ralph J. A. Stern confirmed January 28, 1935, vice General Hunter Liggett, Richard M. Tobin and Jesse C. Colman, respectively, terms expired, t Allison E. Schofield elected Vice-President May 2, 1935. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretarv 1936 TRUSTEES Allison E. Schofield, President J. H. Threlkeld.f V!ce-Pre5tdent Frank N. Belgrano, Jr.* Charles H. Kendrick Ralph J. A. Stern Colbert Coldwell John A. McGregor Joseph S. Thompson Hon. Thomas M. Foley Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin * Frank N. Belgrano, Jr., resigned October, 1936. Ramsay Moran confirmed October 26, 1936, vice Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. t J. H. Threikeld elected Vice-President March 19, 1936. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1937 TRUSTEES Allison E. Schofield, President J. H. Threikeld, Vice-President Harold J. Boyd* Charles H. Kendrick Ramsay Moran Colbert Coldwell f John A. McGregor J Ralph J. A. Stern Hon. Thomas M. Foley Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin * Harold J. Boyd confirmed January 4, 1937, vice Joseph S. Thompson, term ex- pired; resigned, June, 1937; John J. Sullivan confirmed June 21, 1937, vice Harold J. Boyd. t Colbert Coldwell resigned July. 1937. Dr. Aianson Weeks confirmed x'\ugust 2, 1937. vice Colbert^Coldwell. t John A. McGregor resigned February, 1937. Horace B. Clifton confirmed Febru- ary 8, 1937, vice John A. McGregor. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managiiig Director W. C. Douglas. Secretary 1938 TRUSTEES J. H. Threikeld, President Ralph J. A. Stern. Vice-President Horace B. Clifton Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Hon. Thomas M. Foley Ramsay Moran Col. Wm. H. Tobin Charles H. Kendrick* Allison E. Schofield Dr. Aianson Weeks * Charles H. Kendrick resigned March, 1938. Frederick J. Koster confirmed April 1938, vice Charles H. Kendrick.  STAFF Sdby Oppenheiiner. Managing Director \V. C. Douglas, Secretary 1939 TRUSTEES Ralph J. A. Stern. President Horace B. Clifton,* Vice-President Hon. Thomas M. Foley f Ramsay Moran J. H. Threlkeld Frederick J. Koster Allison E. Schoficld Col. Wm. H. Tobin Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Dr. Alanson Weeks * Horace B. Clifton died October 25, 1939. t Hon. Thomas M. Foley elected Vice-President November 16. 1939. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. Managing Director W. C. Douglas. Secretary  BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1940 ANNUAL REPORT PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAR MEMORIAL SAN FRANCISCO December 19, 1940 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Angelo J. Rossi Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War IMemorial of San Francisco Judge Thomas M. Foley. President Ramsey Moran, Vice-President Frederick J. Koster Harry A. Milton Allison E. Schofield Ralph J. A. Stern John J. Sullivan J. H. Threlkeld Colonel William H. Tobin Dr. Allanson Weeks War Memorial Staff Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director Ira G. Thompson, Secretary to the Board December 19, 1940. To His Honor The Mayor of San Francisco and to the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco: This is the final meeting of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of the City and County of San Francisco for the year 1940, and, according to custom, I submit my concluding report as President of this Board. Firstly I desire to express my gratitude to the members of the Board, to the ^Managing Director and to our Secretary and to all the employees of this institution for the splendid coopera- tion accorded me during the past year. The administration of this great memorial requires hard work, intelligent interest and constant attention to duty. These two magnificent monuments are dedicated to those citizens of San Francisco who laid down their lives upon the altar of sacrifice for their country; our pur- pose being to serve as a living utility to the memory of the dead. Also, we house the artistic, cultural and dramatic accomplish- ments of the people of San Francisco. The opportunity to have served in this capacity has been one that will be long remembered by me. It is a privilege to partici- pate in this fine work and be a part of the cultural and educational activities of a great city, whose reputation therefor is a byword throughout the world. Respectfully, Judge Thomas M. Foley. My report follows: In Memoriam : The death of our Secretary, William C. Douglas, on April 30, 1940, left a great void and a deep feeling of loss in the entire membership of the Board and in the community. The following resolution was spread upon our minutes: [ 7 ] Whereas: William Crumbaugh Douglas was called out of this world by death on April 30, 1940; and Whereas: William Crumbaugh Douglas served his country faithfully and well during the World War, having been a First Lieutenant in the 62nd Coast Artillery Regiment. United States Army, stationed in France from August, 1918, to January, 1919; and Whereas: William Crumbaugh Douglas was at the time of his passing Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the War ]Memorial of San Francisco, which position he had held since its establishment, having been appointed September 8, 1932; and Whereas: William Crumbaugh Douglas was at the time of his passing the oldest employee in point of service in the War Memorial Department, having served since the be- ginning of the construction period ; and Whereas: William Crumbaugh Douglas gave unstintingly of his time and efforts to the War ^Memorial Department, discharging his duties in a most loyal, efficient and trust- worthy manner, displaying at all times in his dealings with his fellow employees, and with all with whom he came in contact, a kindly, considerate, friendly spirit which en- deared him to all who knew him ; Now, Therefore, be it Resolved: That the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco, individually and as a unit of the municipal government of the City and County of San Francisco, recognizes the splendid, faithful service of William Crumbaugh Douglas; that this Board of Trus- tees expresses its deepest regret at his passing, and that this Board of Trustees extends to the widow its heartfelt sym- pathy in her bereavement ; and Further Resolved: That this resolution be spread upon the minutes of this meeting and that a copy thereof be for- warded to ^Irs. Edna May Douglas, relict of William Crum- baugh Douglas. [ 8 ] Committee Assignments for the Year 1940: Budget and Finance: (Including E E I. E. Fellowship) Art Association: Opera and Symphony: EEL E. Murals: FuBLic Relations : Veterans: WEA Murals Froject: Allocation of Earned Income: Flood Lighting: Traffic and Parking: Chairman Vice-Chairman Members Chairman Members Chairman Members Chairman Chairman Chairman Members Chairman Chairman Chairman Member Chairman Members Vice-Eresident Moran Trustee Schofield Trustee Milton Trustee Koster Trustee Dr. Weeks Trustee Koster Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Colonel Tobin Trustee Dr. Weeks Trustee Stern Trustee Koster Trustee Schofield Trustee Colonel Tobin Trustee Milton Trustee Schofield Eresident Foley Trustee Moran Trustee Colonel Tobin Trustee Threlkeld Trustee Sullivan Trustee Stern Trustee IMilton Trustee Schofield Trustee Colonel Tobin Trustee Dr. Weeks Due to illness, the services of Trustee John H. Threlkeld were not available during most of the year and his advice and counsel were sorely missed. A great portion of the Board's work is accomplished through committees, and because of their nature the following com- mittees bore a large portion of the Board's activities: Budget and Finance: Vice-Eresident Ramsay INIoran, Chairman Opera and Symphony: Trustee Ralph J. A. Stern, Chairman Veterans: Trustee Allison E. Schofield, Chairman [ 9 ]  Trustee Harry Milton contributed in large measure to the success of our institution in his handling of the labor relations, and Trustee Fred Koster contributed greatly by his liaison with the Art group. Relations with Tenants: Harmony existed throughout the year between the Board and the tenants of the buildings. Dr. Grace L. ]\IcCann Morley, Di- rector of the San Francisco Museum of Art; Mr. Charles Kleup- fer, chairman of the American Legion War Memorial Commis- sion; ^Ir. Robert Watt Miller, president of the San Francisco Opera Association; ]Mrs. Henry Potter Russell, president of the San Francisco Opera Guild, and Mrs. Leonora Wood Armsby, president of the Musical Association of San Francisco, all co- operated in all problems. Mr. Paul Posz, Business Manager of the San Francisco Opera Association, served during the past season. ]Mr. Posz contributed in a large way to the success of the opera season in San Francisco, and in the management of the Opera Association's Concert Division has brought to our City a splendid concert season. It has been the pleasure of the Board to have worked with Mr. Posz. Also in this connection I desire to call attention to the fine work of Mr. W. B. Dorsett, General ^lanager of the American Legion War Memorial Commission. Mr. Dorsett has cooperated fully with the management and has handled the Veteran's Build- ing efficiently. The relations of the trustees and employees of the War ]Memo- rial and the employees of our tenants and concessionaires has been most satisfactory. Occasional slight differences of opinion were ironed out and settled with the invaluable aid and assistance of Trustee Harry Milton and other members of the Board. I am most happy to compliment the entire staff of the War Memorial upon their work. Department heads and their staffs, both in the Veterans' Building and Opera House, have rendered loyal and efficient service.  ACHIEVEMENTS Following is a resume of some of the more prominent achieve- ments during the year 1940: To expedite the handling of traffic and for the convenience of patrons and visitors to both the Opera House and the Veterans' Building, traffic lanes were painted in the front and in the rear of both buildings. The installation of a tie clock system for our watchmen was ordered, thus insuring complete coverage and protection of the property in the buildings at all times. A handsome plaque, bearing the names of Past Presidents of the Board of Trustees, together with a record of their terms of office, was installed in the main foyer of the Opera House. Light standards were installed in the Memorial Court to facili- tate the discharging of passengers from automobiles bringing patrons and visitors to events in the buildings. A portion of these lights have been ordered kept illuminated during the late even- ings during winter months for the convenience and protection of citizens using the Memorial Court as a passageway. The individual pictures in the world-renowned collection of photographs of operatic and concert stars, which adorns the walls of the Trustees' Room in the Opera House, were made more easily identifiable to the public by having the names of the artists lettered on the respective frames. Sand jars and smoking stands were purchased for the Opera House and the Veterans' Building for the convenience of patrons In order to keep War Memorial parking space clear prior to performances and also to preserve our parkway there against any possible claims of easement, chain barriers have been ordered installed at the entrances to the parking ramp in the rear of the Opera House. The hardwood floors in the South gallery of the Art Museum were sanded and refinished.  Approval was given to the installation of a beautiful memo- rial window in honor of the Grand Army of the Republic which has been placed by the Daughters of Union V^eterans of the Civil War at the landing on the North stairway between the second and third floor levels. Veterans' Building. The Board commissioned Mr. Otto Hintermann, an architect, to prepare a plan for a memorial to constitute the central motif for our Memorial Court. The sidewalks were ordered repaired and replaced in front of and about the Veterans' Building. The sidewalk step was eliminated from the front of the Veterans' Building after having been found to be a source of possible danger to pedestrians. Many experiments were conducted in the flood lighting of both the Veterans' Building and the Opera House. Various ex- periments were made with mazda, fluorescent and various other types of lighting. A system of illumination will be shortly devised that will bring out at night, in bold relief, the natural beauties of the buildings. A canopy for the front of the Veterans' Building, comparable to the one in front of the Opera House, has been installed. A study was made of the condition of the stairways leading from the main floor to the basement, front of the Opera House, with a view to eliminating the possibility of patrons slipping thereon. After much consideration and experiment this hazard has seemingly been eliminated. Necessary plaster repairs and repairs to furniture in both buildings were authorized. Spotlights in the Veterans' Auditorium were revamped to give better stage effects. The stone masonry in foyers and corridors of both the Vet- erans' Building and the Opera House was ordered regrouted where necessary.  The boxes in the Opera House have been repainted and re- gilded. The Board authorized the acceptance of a loan of various WPA art objects and the same were ordered installed in the Opera House. Picture INIolding has been installed on the Grand Tier floor crossover passageway in the Opera House. Major equipment purchases made during the year included: a piano truck for the Opera House grand piano, a vacuum cleaner for the cleaning of Venetian blinds and a power sprayer for use on our trees and for demothing furniture. Modified Fire Ordinances The Board of Supervisors of the City and County modified the existing fire ordinances with reference to theatres and show houses. Chief Charles J. Brennan of the San Francisco Fire Department, in the drafting of the new ordinance, consulted with the Board of Trustees as to our needs and desires, so that proper provisions for the safety of our patrons would be incor- porated in the new ordinance. Chief Brennan manifested a deep interest in our problems and worked with the Board to the end that an ordinance was ultimately passed that would assure a maximum of safety to patrons not only of the municipal Opera House, but of all show places in San Francisco.  POLICIES ADOPTED A new policy was adopted with reference to the letting of con- cessions in the Opera House, viz: Concessions for the past year were let on a flat paying basis. Investigation discloses that this system has proved most satisfactory. The Board also established and adopted a regular schedule of rates for the rental of the Opera House. This schedule covers all foreseeable events, based on our past experience. The War Memorial being a public institution, the Board believes that it should maintain a rigid adherence to this schedule of rates, and such has been the policy during the past year. FEDERAL ART PROJECT, WPA There is now under consideration by the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration the complete finishing of the Souvenir Gallery in the Veterans' Building. VISITORS TO THE OPERA HOUSE For the convenience of visitors, a Guide is on duty in the Opera House. Following are extracts from his reports during 1940: From Dec. 6, 1939, to Mar. 1 1 , 1940, 1019 visitors were taken through the Opera House. 19 states and 2 foreign countries were represented. From Mar. 12, 1940, to June, 15, 1940, 728 visitors were taken through the Opera House. 19 states and 7 foreign countries were represented.  1 I f^v^.^^=^l ^-fjm \ ^^' J, / -^.^^g^^StSB^A = - : il ^P>^ ■ i ^\rT  p. p. I. E. TRUSTEESHIP Felloivship From funds left in trust upon the dissolution of the Panama- Pacific International Exposition, a scholarship was established at the University of California. This Scholarship now embraces the Panama-Pacific International Exposition Memorial Fellow- ship in Pacific Coast History. The holder of the Fellowship for the past year has been Mr. John Denton Carter. Distribution of Sets of Todd's "Story of the P.P.I. E." During the past year fraternal organizations and public spir- ited citizens have been recipients of 51 sets of Todd's "Story of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition," while 28 sets of these books have been given to schools. WAR MEMORIAL GROUP Employments The War Memorial Department and the various tenants of our buildings employ a considerable number of San Francisco citizens. There are 1 19 regularly employed and 2 76 temporarily employed persons working in the Veterans' Building and the Opera House. These are divided as follows: Regular Employees Department employees 41 Regular staff, Opera and Symphony 12 San Francisco Museum of Art 24 American Legion War Memorial Commission and allied groups 40 Genealogical Library 2 Total Regular Employees 119 Temporary Employees Department, Orchestra, Chorus, Ballet, House Service and other temporary employees total 2 76; some employments lasting for a few months and others for a greater length of time.   PERFORMANCES During the past year 132 performances were held in the Opera House, divided as follows: Opera performances 16 Dollar opera 18 Symphonies 31 Concerts 23 Graduations 13 Lectures 11 Ballet performances 7 Civic celebrations 7 Teachers' Institute sessions 3 Benefit performances 3 The 18th Grand Opera Season was an outstanding success. The repertoire was as follows: Marriage of Figaro. . .Mozart Lakme Delibes (2 performances) Der Rosenkavalier . . . .Strauss (2 performances) La Boheme Puccini (2 performances) Don Giovanni Mozart The Masked Ball Verdi Carmen Bizet (3 performances) Rigoletto Verdi Aida Verdi (2 performances) Manon Massenet Among the famous guest artists who appeared were: Lorenzo Alvary Verna Osborne Jussi Bjoerling Mona Paulee Margit Bokor Ezio Pinza Richard Bonelli Lily Pons John Brownlee Elisabeth Rethberg George Cehanovsky Bidu Sayao Alessio de Paolis Tito Schipa Raoul Jobin Suzanne Sten Alexander Kipnis Rise Stevens Marjorie Lawrence George Stinson Lotte Lehmann Thelma Votipka Francisco Naya Robert Weede  THE BRANGWYN MURALS AUDITORIUM, VETERANS BUILDING  Symphonies The Musical Association of San Francisco maintains the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. The fall and spring symphony seasons annually bring to San Francisco the finest symphony music to be heard anywhere in the world, and our Opera House presents a magnificent setting for these presentations. This year there were presented, under the direction of Pierre Monteux, a total of 31 symphonies, at which 164 selections of the world's finest symphonic masterpieces were played. CONCESSIONAIRE The concessions in the Opera House have been managed by our Concessionaire, Mrs. Deborah C. O'Brien, in a most efficient manner. Mrs. O'Brien, under a new contract, has given splendid services to our patrons and has cooperated at all times with the management of the buildings. FINANCES Our net Department Budget for the fiscal year 1939-1940 was $110,241. Pursuant to ordinance, our income requirements were $37,600. These income requirements were exceeded by $9,664.60, and a surplus of $13,375.95 was returned to the City Treasury. All of the recommendations contained in the Report of Past President Ralph J. A. Stern for the year 1939 were carried into effect by this Board, and their adoption has added greatly to the efficiency of our operation.  #^PW A CORNER Ol- THE GRAND FOYER, WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE  RECOMMENDATION It is the recommendation of your President that there be included in the Department Budget Request for the coming fiscal year an additional employee, to wit: a painter, for the purpose of keeping both buildings painted in order to prevent deterioration and to insure a generally presentable outlook of the buildings to the public. Upon the death of our former secretary, William C. Douglas, the Board, on May 16, 1940, appointed Mr. Ira G. Thompson as his successor. Fortunately for our Board of Trustees, Mr. Thompson, a World War Veteran and a man of experience in administrative affairs, fitted admirably into the position, plung- ing directly into the task of carrying on where "Bill" Douglas left off. Due to his diligence and grasp of the task, the work of the Board has moved on efficiently and smoothly, and I personally desire to pay a tribute of thanks and appreciation to Mr. Thomp- son for his splendid work. Our Managing Director, Mr. Selby Oppenheimer, although handicapped at intervals throughout the year by illness, has carried on and has cooperated with the Board. He has added another splendid year to his record in his able administration of this Department. Submitted, Judge Thomas M. Foley, President. i2?>-] H  BOARDS OF TRUSTEES of the WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO 1930* TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley James I. Herz James W. Mullen Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin * Original Board, confirmed by Board of Supervisors, March 3, 1930. 1931 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley James I. Herz James W. Mullen* Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin * James W Mullen died July 25, 1931. 1932 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley* James I. Herz Harry A. Miltont Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin * Robert I. Bentley died February 22, 1932. t Harry A. Milton confirmed January 18, 1932, vice James W Mullen, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W C. Douglas, Secretary Appointed November 1, 1932 Appointed September 8, 1932 1933 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. James I. Herz John A. McGregort Colbert Coldwell* Charles H. Kendrick Harry A. Milton Jesse C. Colman General Hunter Liggett Richard M. Tobin * Colbert Coldwell confirmed January 2, 1933, vice George Hearst, term expired. t John A. McGregor confirmed January 2, 1933, vice Robert I. Bentley, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W C. Douglas, Secretary 27} 1934 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbun-. President G^oree T Cameron. Vice-President Frank X. Belgrano. Jr. James I. Herz* John A. McGregor Colbert CoktweO Charles H. Kendrick Harr> A. Milton Jesse C. Cofanan General Hunter Liisgett Rkhard M. Tobin • James I. Herz resisned Febniar>-. 193-t. Col. \Vm. H. Tobin, U. S. A. Ret., confirmed March 5. 1934. xice James I. Herz. STAFF Selby Oppenbeimer. Managimg Director W C. Douglas, Secretary 1935 TRUSTEES K. R. Kiiipbur>\* President Gee rare T Cameron.** Vice-President Frank N. BelgraDO, Jr. Charts H. Kendrick Allison E. SchofieWn Colbert CoMweD John A. McGregor Ralph J. .A. Sterut Hon. Thonus M. Folev"^ Harrv" .A. Mihon Col. Wm. H. Tobin * K. R. Kinssbur>- and George T Cameron resigned December. 1935. Joseph S. Thompson and J. H. ThrelkeW confirmed December 9. 1935. \ice K. R. Kingsbur>- and George T Cameron. respecti\-eh-. "^ Hon. Thomas M. Foky. Albson E. Scbofield and Ralph J. .\. Stem confirmed Januar> 2&. 1935. \Tce General Hunter Liggett, Richard M. Tobin and Jesse C. Cohnan. respec- ti\-el>-. terms expired. t .\Dison E. Scbofield elected Vice-President May 2, 1935. ST.\FF Selby Oppenbeimer. Mamagixg Director W C. Douglas. Secretary 1936 TRUSTEES .\lli20n E. Scbofield. President J . H. ThretkeW.t Vice-President Frank X. Belgnuio, Jr. Charles H. Kendrick Ralph J. A. Stem Colbert ColdweD John A. McGregor Joseph S. Thompson Hon. Thomas M. Folex- Hzit\ A. Milton Co!. Wm. H. Tobin • Frank X. Belgrano. Jr„ resigned October. 1936. Ramsay Moran confirmed October 26. 1936. vice Frank X. Belgrano. Jr. t J. H. Thrdkeld elected Vicc-Pnsadent March 19. 1936. - ST.AFF Selby Oppenbeimer, Mamaging Director W C. Douglas, Secretary 1937 TRUSTEES .Alfifon E. Scbofield, Presidemt J. H. Threlkeld. Vice-President Harold J. Bovd* Charles H. Kendrick Ramsay Moran Colbert CcMwem John .A. McGregor J Ralph J. A. Stem Hon. Thomas M. Folrv- Harr^- .A. Mihon Ccl. Wm. H. Tobin * Harold J. Boyd confirmed Januar>- 4. 1937. \-ice Joseph S- Thompson, term expired; resigned, June, 1937; John J. Suih>-an confirmed June :i. 193 7. vice Harold J. Boyd. * Colbert CoMweD resigned Juh-. 1937. Dr. .Alanson Weeks confirmed .August 2, 1937. \Tce Colbert ColdweD. $ John -A. McGregor resigned Febniar>. 1937. Horace B. Ctifton confirmed Febniar>- 8. 1937, \Tce John .A. McGregor. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. ifanaeing Director W. C. Douglas. Secretary  1938 TRUSTEES J. H. Threlkeld, President Ralph J. A. Stern, Vice-President Horace B. Clifton Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Hon. Thomas M. Foley Ramsay Moran Col. Wm. H. Tobin Charles H. Kendrick* Allison E. Schoiield Dr. .^lanson Weeks Charles H. Kendrick resigned March, 1938. Frederick J. Koster confirmed .^pril 4, 1938, vice Charles H. Kendrick. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director VV C. Douglas, Secretary 1939 TRUSTEES Ralph J. A. Stern, President Horace B. Clifton,* Vice-President Hon. Thomas M. Folevt Ramsay Moran J. H. Threlkeld Frederick J. Koster Allison E. Schofield Col. Wm. H. Tobin Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Dr. Alanson Weeks * Horace B. Clifton died October 25, 1939. t Hon. Thomas M. Foley elected Vice-President November 16, 1939. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1940 TRUSTEES Hon. Thomas M. Folev, President Ramsav Moran, Vice-President Frederick J. Koster Ralph J. A. Stern J. H. Threlkeld Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Col. Wm. J. Tobin Allison E. Schofield Dr. Alanson Weeks STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director *W. C. Douglas, Secretary, January 1, to April 30, inclusive Daniel P. O'Sullivan, Acting Secretary, May 1 to May 15, inclusive Ira G. Thompson, Secretary, appointed May 16, 1940. W C. Douglas died April 30, 1940.  BOARD OF TRUSTEES^^^^'^*' OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1941 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO January 8, 1^42 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Angelo J. Rossi Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco Ramsay Moran, President Harry A. Milton, Vice'President Alvin Gerlack Frederick J. Koster Walter A. Leonetti C. A. Marckley GuiDO J. MUSTO Ralph J. A. Stern John J. Sullivan J. H. Threlkeld Col. William H. Tobin War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director Ira G. Thompson, Secretary to the Board San Francisco, California, January 8, 1942 Honorable Angelo J. Rossi, Mayor, AND THE Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco Gentlemen: As retiring President of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco, I submit herewith my report covering the activities of your Board, during the calendar year 1941. In addition to an account of the specific matters acted upon during my administration, I have included in the following pages certain historical and factual data with which you gentlemen are familiar, but which I hope will be of interest to any citi2,en who may wish more complete information about the origin of the War Memorial and its place in the civic life of San Francisco. We who are serving on the Board are fully conscious of our responsibilities as trustees of two great public buildings, erected in grateful and loving memory of those patriotic citizens of our city who died while serving with the armed forces of their country in past wars. Now that another conflict has been thrust upon us, we feel that the Veterans Building and the Opera House will not only continue to be symbols of those principles of justice, freedom and democracy which we are fighting to preserve, but may function actively, whether as headquarters or barracks, in any capacity requested by the military or civic authorities. To be President of your Board for the past year has been both an honor and a pleasure. The members of the Board have not been contented merely to have a title. They have assumed their duties eagerly, inteUigently and sincerely. While there have been differ- ences in opinion, any criticism has been constructive, with the re' suit that teamwork and efficiency in operations has been accom' plished. Although the scope of our problems, as compared with some other city commissions, may have been relatively modest, I do not hesitate to say, in complimenting the Board and thanking the members for their co-operation, that their service to their com- munity and to their trust has been unsurpassed. Sincerely, Ramsay Moran  PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1. BEGINNINGS The War Memorial consists of two edifices, the Veterans Build' ing and the Opera House, located on the west side of Van Ness Avenue, facing the City Hall, in the Civic Center of San Francisco. The total construction cost of these buildings was $6,250,000. The money was obtained from three sources: a bond issue of the City and County of San Francisco in the amount of $4,000,000, a municipal appropriation of $250,000 and public subscriptions totaling $2,000,000. The original Board of Trustees was appointed in 1930, and they carried the weighty responsibility of construe tion of the Memorial, with the many problems of allocation of funds, as between the facilities to be made available to the several groups who were recognized as the beneficiaries of the millions of dollars that had been so spontaneously raised by vote and donation of the citi2,ens of San Francisco. The buildings were completed and entered into civic service in 1932. As a substantial portion of the financing of the War Memorial was by subscriptions, large and small — which had been solicited as early as 1921 — it was agreed that the buildings would conform to the requirements of the three organi2,ations that had been spe' cifically mentioned as beneficiaries in the drive for funds in the 1920's "to honor the memory of the soldiers, sailors, marines and Vv^ar workers — men and women — who brought imperishable glory to California by their splendid contribution to the winning of the World War."" The quoted words are from the agreement exe- cuted on August 19, 1921, between the Regents of the University of California and a committee of citi2,ens of San Francisco as trustees representing those interested in the plan of a War Memorial. In 1930, the City and County of San Francisco in effect accepted the assignment of the agreement and with it the responsibility of erecting the War Memorial and of carrying out not only the intent of the original donors but also of the citizens who had approved the additional funds necessary for the com' pletion of the project.  The three bodies which had an original priority that was recog- nized and confirmed in the final plans for construction and opera- tion were: ( 1 ) The San Francisco Posts of the American Legion; (2) The San Francisco Art Association; (3) The San Francisco Musical Association, which maintains the San Francisco Sym- phony Orchestra. These organizations have continuously had a preferred status as to rental rates, quarters and datings. After the Opera House was opened a fourth organization was recognized as within the same category — The San Francisco Opera Association. While under the terms of the trust indenture the local posts of The American Legion are entitled to the use and occupancy of the meeting rooms, offices and auditorium of the Veterans Building rent free, it is further provided that they may extend similar privi- leges to other patriotic organizations. In order to administer the problems of allocation of space and internal management of the building the American Legion War Memorial Commission was set up in 1932. It is composed of nine members elected by the County Council of the American Legion. The Board of Trustees of the War Memorial is authorized by Section 44 of the Charter of the City and County of San Fran- cisco. It consists of eleven members appointed by the Mayor for terms of six years, and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors. The trustees serve without compensation. They are charged with the construction, administration and operation of the War Memorial and the grounds set aside therefor. They hold regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month in their meeting room in the Opera House. Starting with the first Board in 1930, the majority have always been veterans of World War I. While in earlier days there were considerable differences in viewpoint between the veteran and non-veteran members, I am happy to report that during the past year, and indeed for several years prior thereto, all distinctions between the two groups have disappeared and the Board has functioned with a common objective — ^the ef- ficient maintenance and management of both buildings. The per- sonnel of the Board since its inception will be found in Ap- pendix A.  [ 10] 2 . THE BUILDINGS, THEIR FACILITIES AND USE The Veterans Building and The Opera House compose the War Memorial. On the fourth floor of the former is housed the San Francisco Museum of Art. A careful check of the traffic in these buildings shows that approximately 1,148,000 persons at' tended meetings, performances and exhibits in the War Memorial during 1941. A general description of the edifices and the public service that they render follows: (a) The Veterans Building. The first three floors of the Vet' erans Building are occupied and used by patriotic organi2,ations. Among its facilities are an Auditorium with a seating capacity of 1106; a large number of offices occupied by the headquarters of various veteran groups; meeting halls; band practice rooms; a Men's Club Room and Women's Cocktail Lounge; the Green Room, handsomely furnished and functioning as a library and reading room; and a Trophy and Souvenir Gallery. A total of 174 veteran associations and units meet regularly in the Veterans Building. They include the American Legion and its Auxiliary, the Sons of the Legion, the United Indian War Vet- erans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Gold Star Mothers, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War, the Forty and Eight and Eight and Forty, the Jewish War Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the United Veterans of the Republic, the United Spanish War Veterans, and scores of other well known organi2,ations. The California Society of The Sons of the American Revolution main- tains an excellent genealogical library of some 6,000 volumes as well as many old manuscripts, local histories and family records. It is open to the public and is frequently visited by students of early American history looking for source materials. During the year, 152 performances and attractions of various kinds were given in the Auditorium. They consisted of conven- tions, lectures, concerts and dances. On most of these occasions. The Auditorium was rented to non-veteran sponsors. The Amer- ican Legion War Memorial Commission, by arrangement with our Board, retains the major portion of the rent charged and pays  to us a sum sufficient to cover the cost of light, heat and janitorial service employed by reason of each engagement. But the rooms used by the largest number of persons, — prac tically all of them veterans or their affiliates — are the meeting halls. During 1941 there were 4544 scheduled meetings. While no at' tempt was made to keep an accurate record of attendance, a con' servative estimate would be that at least 455,000 people entered the Veterans Building for this purpose alone. Adding to this figure the hundreds of persons employed daily in the various unit headquarters, the large number of veterans using the Club Room and Green Room and over 115,000 in at' tendance at the Auditorium performances, it is safe to state that the traffic in this portion of the building comes to about 570,000 visitors per year. These figures are given primarily to underline the fact that the inevitable wear and tear on the facilities of the building caused by such a concourse of people brings about many problems of upkeep and replacement of equipment with which the Board is concerned. The same problems arise, in a somewhat lesser degree, in the Opera House. (b) The San Francisco Museum of Art. This progressive institution occupies the top floor of the Veterans Building. It is the museum of the San Francisco Art Association, and under the able directorship of Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley has become one of the leading centers of artistic education in the country. As an indication of its importance in its field, it may be noted that out of town newspapers and periodicals of national circulation devoted some 6,000 inches of space to its activities during the year. Over 120 exhibitions of various types were held during 1941. They included contemporary painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, and decorative arts and combined to furnish a very complete survey of modern developments. About 147,000 citi2,ens made use of the museum and approximately 8,000 children at' tended special courses in the appreciation of art. An outstanding collection of books on art is available to students and research workers in the museum library. The museum has made available to San Francisco residents the v/orks of masters, old and new. But more than that, the wise  diffusion of its activities in artistic education, under a competent staff, has brought it nation'wide recognition and has advertised a rebirth of the city's cultural leadership dating from the opening of the War Memorial. (c) The Opera House. This is the only municipally owned opera house in the United States. Its seating capacity is 3,252. It is not only attractive architecturally and in its interior decorations, but the technical resources of its stage and the spacious and com- modious dressing rooms available for the use of both stars and chorus make it the most up-to-date edifice of its kind in the world. Nor has the convenience of the public been overlooked. As one indication of public service I may cite the fact that several hundred outlets for hard-of-hearing aids have been installed throughout the house and hearing-aid headsets may be used by patrons without charge. Thus full enjoyment of any performance may be had by those who may be handicapped by defective hearing. The Opera House is one of San Francisco's show places. We maintain a guide there, Mr. Julian Bagley. Always courteous and accommodating, and with a wide knowledge of the building's facil- ities and history, he shows groups of visitors through the house daily. They totaled over 3,300 during the year, and came from all over the United States as well as several foreign countries. They included many distinguished personages in the realm of music as well as scores of high school students who inspected the Opera House as part of their cultural education. In the Trustees' Room is an official guest book which all of the artists who have appeared in the Opera House for several years past have signed. It contains an imposing roll of the world's great singers, musicians and lecturers and is one of the most valued pos- sessions of our Board. Arrangements are now under way to place in some suitable location bound volumes containing the programs of all performances held in the Opera House since its opening. They tell a story of artistic triumphs and of unsurpassed cultural opportunities offered to the public of San Francisco. We have afforded to the San Francisco Opera Guild the use of one of the rooms off the grand foyer for a musical reference library. On the upper floors the San Francisco Opera Association  A CORNER OF THK (IRAND FOYHR, WAR MEMORIAL OPERA HOUSE  and the Musical Association of San Francisco have their offices. In the basement is a well equipped emergency hospital, with a registered nurse in attendance during all performances. A number of minor ailments, such as fainting, headaches and indigestion were taken care of during the year. In 1941 the Opera House was rented 141 times, with an aggregate attendance of about 423»,000 people. Among the leading artists whom they enjoyed were the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifitz; the pianists Arthur Rubenstein and Vladimir Horowitz,; the concert singers Marian Anderson, Gladys Swarthout and John Charles Thomas. Other notable events were the lectures delivered by H. V. Kaltenborn, Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Dorothy Thom.pson; the concert of sacred music under the sponsorship of the San Francisco Con' ference of Christians and Jews; the recital by the Don Cossack Chorus; the British War Relief Show in which the star was the famous English comedienne Gracie Fields; the series of perform- ances by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the very creditable annual spring season of the San Carlo Opera Company. The two regularly established and outstanding musical offerings of the year were the concert series of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Opera season. The Symphony, under the capable and inspired conductorship of Pierre Monteux, is recognized as one of the world's finest organizations of its kind. The large attendance at its Friday afternoon and Saturday evening performances evidenced the eager response of San Franciscans to the opportunity to hear symphonic masterpieces played by master musicians. The season of grand opera produced by the San Francisco Opera Association was, as usual, the artistic apogee of the year. The famous guest stars, as well as the high quality of the chorus, ballet, stage direction and orchestration gave assurance that we need not leave the city limits to find the finest operatic perform-  ances available anywhere. The season's repertoire, stars and con- ductors follow: DON PASQUALE (Donizetti) with Salvatore Baccaloni, Bidu Sayao, John Brownlee. Gennaro Papi, Conducting. DER ROSENKAVALIER (Strauss) with Lotte Lehmann, Rise Stevens, Alexander Kipnis, Margit Bokor, Irra Petina, Walter Olitzki, Karl Laufkoetter. Erich Leinsdorf, Conducting. DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT (Donizetti) 2 perform- ances with Lily Pons, Raoul Jobin, Irra Petina, Salvatore Baccaloni. Gennaro Papi, Conducting. LA TOSCA (Puccini) with Stella Roman, Charles Kullman, John Brownlee, Salvatore Baccaloni. Gaetano Merola, Conducting. MADAME BUTTERFLY (Puccini) 2 performances with Licia Albanese, Frederick Jagel, Irra Petina, John Brownlee, Lorenzo Alvary, George Cehanovsky. Gennaro Papi, Conducting. BARBER OF SEVILLE (Rossini) 3 performances with Bidu Sayao, Lawrence Tibbett, Salvatore Baccaloni, Ezio Pinza, Irra Petina. Gaetano Merola, Conducting. TANNHAUSER (Wagner) 2 performances with Stella Roman, Lauritz Melchior, Julius Huehn, Alexander Kipnis, Anthony Marlowe. Erich Leinsdorf, Conducting. CARMEN (Bizet) with Gladys Swarthout, Raoul Jobin, Robert Weede, Licia Albanese, Thelma Votipka, George Cehan' ovsky. Erich Leinsdorf, Conducting. LOVE OF THREE KINGS (Montemezzi) with Grace Moore, Charles Kullman, Ezio Pinza, Robert Weede. Italo Montemezzi, Conducting. SIMON BOCCANEGRA (Verdi) with Lawrence Tibbett, Stella Roman, Frederick Jagel, Ezio Pinza, Thelma Votipka, John Brownlee. Erich Leinsdorf, Conducting. RIGOLETTO (Verdi) with Lawrence Tibbett, Lily Pons, Jan Peerce, Lorenzo Alvary, Irra Petina, George Cehanovsky. Gennaro Papi, Conducting.  3 . PERSONNEL OF THE BOARD At the end of 1940 the terms of three members of the Board expired. They were retiring President Thomas M. Foley, Ralph J. A. Stern and Allison E. Schofield. All had carried out their duties, during six years, conscientiously and well. All had been appointed as representatives of veteran bodies. All of them be heved and so indicated to the Mayor, that other capable veterans should be aiforded the opportunity of serving on the Board, in line with the policy of rotation in office announced by the County Council of The American Legion. Mayor Rossi, acceding to their wishes, and acting upon the recommendation of veteran leaders, appointed three new trustees: Alvin Gerlack, Edward Sharkey and Claudius A. Marckley. A vacancy existed on the Board which had not been filled since the death of Horace B. Clifton in 1939. In his place the Mayor ap' pointed Guido J. Musto. After only a few days in office Mr. Sharkey resigned, and his place was taken by Walter A. Leonetti, also a veteran. In February, Dr. Alanson Weeks resigned because his office hours made it very difficult for him to attend our after' noon meetings. By his resignation the Board lost a forthright and clear thinking member. Fortunately, however, the Mayor reap' pointed in his place Ralph J. A. Stern, whose constructive sugges- tions in the past had been the starting points of many improve ments and embellishments in the War Memorial. It is regrettable that his continued illness has deprived us of the counsel of Trustee J. H. Threlkeld. During the year we have tried to function more precisely than before through committees. The responsibilities of each committee have been definitely defined and so far as possible matters coming within their jurisdiction have been immediately forwarded to them by the office so that they would be in a position to present their reports at the next meeting of the Board. All committees have fulfilled their assignments and have aided in speeding up the busi'  ness of the Board. At the beginning of the year, five standing committees were appointed, as follows: Budget and Finance: Milton, Chairman; Sullivan and Weeks Art: Koster, Chairman; Gerlack and Tobin Opera and Symphony: Musto, Chairman; Koster and Weeks Veterans: Marckley, Chairman; Leonetti and Sullivan Buildings: Tobin, Chairman; Gerlack and Musto As President, I instituted the practice of having regular office hours in our office at the Veterans Building between four and five o'clock each Tuesday. I believe that this practice should be con- tinued at whatever hours may be convenient for the incoming President — for the following reasons: The responsibilities of ad' ministering a six million dollar investment are great. While ques' tions of policy are for the Board as a whole, many matters arise in the intervals between our monthly meetings which should not be left to the sole discretion of the office staff, however competent it may be. In accepting the honor and authority of the chairmanship of the Board, one must assume the responsibility of looking and listening. By this I mean looking at the plant under our charge, inspecting new installations and spots where repairs may be needed, and seeing that jobs ordered are properly completed. By listening I mean hearing the reports and suggestions of the Manag' ing Director and the Secretary regarding rental applications, em- ployee personnel, finances, public relations, correspondence and a number of other details and making, if necessary, a decision. With a full-time paid staff and a board of laymen who meet only once a month, there is the apparent danger that the former will become much more familiar with the practical operation of building man- agement than their employers. This condition should not arise and may be prevented, in the most co-operative spirit, by members of the Board, and particularly the President, devoting regular hours to the task of supervision. I take pleasure in reporting that during my term, several members of the Board have spent many hours in familiarizing themselves with the property under their charge. [ 18] 4. OFFICE STAFF AND OTHER EMPLOYEES The office staff of the War Memorial is composed of a Manag' mg Director, a Secretary and a Clerk-Stenographer. On January 1 1941, our first Managing Director, who had been appointed in 1932 and had carried out his duties faithfully and with distinction, passed away. Selby C. Oppenheimer was noted throughout music circles of America as an impresario. He could call many great artists his intimate friends. He reached the objective which he was chosen to attain — to establish the Opera House as the dwell' ing place of artistic perfection. Yet he was activated more by common sense than by the proverbial artistic temperament. When he died the members of the Board realizied that they had lost not only a trusted employee but also a sincere friend. The following resolution was adopted unanimously: ''Whereas, Selby C. Oppenheimer was appointed on No- vember 1, 1932 as the first Managing Director of the War Memorial of San Francisco, and served in that capacity until his untimely death on January 1, 1941 ; and Whereas, during the intervening years he was charged, under successive Boards of Trustees, with the operation and management of the War Memorial Opera House and Vet' erans Building; and Whereas, his wide background of experience in the pro' duction of opera and concerts enabled him to make contacts and procure engagements that filled our Opera House with the leading artists of the world, so that its reputation as the home of fine music is unsurpassed; and Whereas, his general disposition and sympathetic point of view and his unwavering honesty and sincerity ot purpose enabled him to understand and solve the many problems of management involving the veteran, art, symphony and opera groups occupying the buildings; and Whereas, his conscientious attention to his duties, day and night, was responsible in great measure for the public recog' nition of these buildings as centers of culture and comrade ship;  Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco, in regular meeting as' sembled, that we mourn the passing of a faithful official and warm friend, and that we offer our heartfelt condolence to his widow, Blanche Oppenheimer, who so devotedly shared his love, companionship, and artistic hfe." Friends of Mr. Oppenheimer provided for a bronze plaque com- m.emorating his years of service which was placed appropriately in the Trustees' Room of the Opera House, beside the tablet con' taining the names of the original Board of Trustees who appointed him as Managing Director. It was a difficult task to find a new Managing Director. Mr. Oppenheimer had fulfilled his mission of raising the War Memo- rial to the top of the list of institutions wherein, in addition to the facilities for the comradeship of war veterans, the best in opera, symphony, concerts, ballet and art could be found. It was no longer necessary to cajole artists to appear in our Opera House — to the contrary, it was sometimes embarrassing to allocate datings among those whose primary objective in a visit to the Pacific Coast was to have a booking there. The Grand Opera season and the Symphony series were established features. But the buildings were now nine years old, and had undergone more than their fair share of wear and tear. The major concern of our Board for the im- mediate future, therefore, was for building maintenance. The prospective fulfillment of this requirement weighed heavily in our choice of a new Managing Director. For a brief period following Mr. Oppenheimer's death, our Secretary, Ira G. Thompson, was Acting Managing Director. Meanwhile, applications for the new opening, written and verbal, backed by recommendations from a variety of sources, poured in. Ten individuals let it be known formally that they wanted the job. All were qualified for some phases of the position, but by the very nature of the ramifications of the directorship, none had the experience to fill immediately all of its requirements. The Board examined all applications carefully and conscientiously and finally selected by unanimous vote Mr. Edward Sharkey, who has served as Managing Director since January 17, 1941.  Mr. Sharkey undertook a difficult assignment. Having held high offices in The American Legion, he understood thoroughly the sometimes delicate problem of relationship between the Board and the various veteran organi2;ations living in the Veterans Build' ing. His contact with the other regular tenants of the War Memo' rial was a new venture. His knowledge of the particular routine of our office necessarily had to be acquired by practice and obser- vation. His prior experience in the practical aspects of building construction and maintenance gave him a good foundation for the most important category of his new responsibilities. I am glad to report that throughout the year, our Managing Director has made every effort to learn his new duties and to carry them out and has, measured by the relatively short time available, succeeded remarkably well. Insofar as the upkeep of the buildings is concerned — which has been emphasi2,ed as his chief responsi' bility — he has accomplished a first rate job. It has been my obser- vation that he has maintained cordial relationships with the repre- sentatives of the opera, symphony, art and veteran beneficiaries of the War Memorial, while at the same time upholding the policies and enforcing the regulations of our Board regarding these and other tenants. His supervision of our employees has been sound and has heightened their morale. He has been wise in consulting our Secretary, Mr. Thompson, on various problems of internal management that have arisen. There is room for Mr. Sharkey's improvement in his approach to certain aspects of office routine. Moreover, it must not be for- gotten that the executive officer of our Board should not allow himself, notwithstanding past prominence, to be drafted into public appearances on behalf of veteran or other groups, whereby what he may do or say may carelessly be taken to reflect the opinion of the Board that employs him. However, the practical and diplomatic sides of the Managing Director's task cannot be mastered in a day or even a year. Mr. Sharkey has successfully passed a probationary term and I can and do commend him for a sincere and loyal attitude and a job well done. Our Secretary, Mr. Ira G.Thompson, has continued to function efl^ectively, not only on his own assignment, but also as a pinch  hitter. During the last tew months of 1940, while Mr. Oppen- heimer was ill, Mr. Thompson assumed a double burden. This extra load of duties was carried into the opening months of 1941, giving our new Managing Director the opportunity to survey and appraise his responsibihties. Mr. Thompson is not only an expert accountant and secretary, but his initiative and interest in the problems, large and small, that must be solved day by day, have attained for him an accurate factual background for convenient office use, and a sound judgment on matters of policy which should be of constructive assistance both to our incoming President and our Managing Director. The remaining member of our staff is Mr. Daniel P. O'Sullivan, technically classified as clerk-stenographer. He has fulfilled both roles of this dual category cheerfully and v^ell. We have 39 other permanent employees, — janitors, elevator operators, watchmen, engineers, electricians, a window cleaner, an elevator mechanic, a stage carpenter, a stage property man, a painter and an opera house guide. The painter was finally given to us in the current budget, after several years of pleading before the Board of Supervisors. The money he saves us in preserving and redecorating our plant is worth several times his annual wages. We need extra janitors- — at least two — for whom we have asked in vain for several years. The square foot area which our janitors are required to clean is substantially in excess of that in the typical down'town office building, and the staggered hours which matinee and evening performances force us to observe enhance the diffi' culties and increase overtime work. The morale of the employees has improved during the last year. In the past there had been an excessive turnover in personnel, par' ticularly among the janitors. This was attributable to a misunder' standing of the Board's policy regarding overtime, promulgated in line with regulations of the Civil Service Commission and now straightened out, together with the inevitable odd hours which had to be worked because of afternoon and evening performances and the opportunity of more attractive working hours in other city departments. However, during the year with the co-operation of the Managing Director and Mr. John McGuire, our Foreman [ 22 ] Janitor, we have established a better working schedule and have stabili2,ed our janitorial personnel. Several of the other employees on our payroll are expert tech- nicians in their respective trades, and their skill and experience have been important factors in building maintenance and in back stage perfection in Opera House performances. 5. REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS At every meeting of our Board, a substantial portion of the agenda consists of a report and discussion on jobs on order, under way, and completed. We have in our charge an investment of over six million dollars in buildings which are used, day and night, more than any other public buildings in San Francisco. They must inevitably deteriorate. It is our task, within the Hmits of the funds made available to us, to see that the Veterans Building and the Opera House do not degenerate into shabbiness or drabness, but maintain, functionally and in appearance the usefulness and dig' nity for which they were designed. There are many things which should be done, in the name of sound business management if nothing else, which are beyond our reach. But as an indication of what we have been able to accomplish during the past year, I list the following examples: For the Veterans Building, an awning, similar to that in front of the Opera House, was installed before the main entrance; the walls and fixtures of most of the rooms were washed by a W.P.A. crew; all of the skylights were thoroughly cleaned; the drapes in the meeting halls were renovated; ventilating fans were installed in the Clubroom and Cocktail Lounge. In the Opera House, the main valance curtain and the ornamen' tation over the proscenium arch were cleaned for the first time smce the building opened; showers were built in both the men's and women's chorus rooms; new rubber matting was laid in the outer foyer; the main switchboard was rewired and adjusted; the orchestra pit and the symphony set were repainted and the standee space in the rear of the orchestra section was redecorated; the galleries backstage were cleaned and storage conditions of stage properties corrected, thereby eliminating a fire hazard.  For the bcnetit of both buildings, sidewalks around the Memo- rial were repaired: additional units were added to our flood light' ing program; a serious water seepage in the tunnel connecting the buildings and in both basements was controlled: changes were made in our electrical connections to ehminate a portion of the standby load, thus saving about $60.00 per month during the oif season: the parking lanes in the rear of both buildings were relined and renumbered; scores of minor repainting and replastering jobs were completed; a floor cleaning machine was purchased to ac complish a more thorough job of scrubbing and polishing the floors of both buildings. The above recites merely the highlights. There were actually dozens of other jobs completed of equal importance in maintaining the Memorial in proper condition. It is a truism to say that labor and materials cost money. These jobs cost plenty of money. Some of it came out of our current budget, but for a large portion of the expense we had to resort to our War Memorial Reserve Fund. This fund is authorized by an ordinance passed in 1939 appro- priating an amount equal to 1 5 ^'/c of the annual revenue derived from the use of the Opera House and Veterans Building for neces- sary improvements, additions, and reconstruction, and replace- ments due to physical and functional depreciation. During the current fiscal year we have expended or committed the major por- tion of this fund — about $6200. But there is still much to be done. The inevitable tendency, both on the part of the Board and of the budget controlling au- thorities in the City Hall is to take the attitude that if money is not available in current appropriations for the department, at least we have an ace in the hole in the reserve fund. But that fund was never intended to be drawn on for expenditures involving ordinary upkeep and repairs. It was essentially and solely set up to provide for capital improvements and replacements. As each year passes, the time approaches when the depreciation on these buildings, if they are to maintain the standard of serviceability for which they were dedicated, must be offset by dollars put to work and not just written off on paper.  In fact, the time has now arrived when the War Memorial must deteriorate in appearance and usefulness unless it has more funds. I reali2;e fully that we are at war and that there are more important demands upon both governmental and private resources. But I recommend as a principle of sound management and maintenance that when peace is restored, if not sooner, the unencumbered share of our revenue going to our reserve fund be increased from 1 5 % to 25%. In keeping our War Memorial wholesome, active and intact perhaps we may rededicate and reconsecrate it in memory also of those who will lay down their lives for their country in this great renewal of the war we failed to finish. 6. REVENUES AND INCOME Our ordinary operating expenses are provided for in the annual mAinicipal budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors. For the current fiscal year of 19414942, this appropriation was $133,' 271.00. The chief items covered by it are salaries, wages, heat, light and power, materials and supplies, equipment and services of other departments. But by no means all of this sum is paid out of tax revenues. All of our income from rentals goes to the city treasury and offsets, by the amount collected, the total appropria' tion. As this fiscal year is not yet completed, the amount of our current earnings is not available. During the year ending June 30, 1941, however, we took in $50,862.74. Our budget for that period was about the same as this year; our expenditures exceeded our revenues by approximately $82,000. (See Appendix B.) It is both interesting and startling to note that this figure represents less than one and one-third per cent of the money invested in our plant. We do not feel, therefore, that in maintaining and preserv ing the War Memorial on such a slim margin we have been burdensome to the tax paying public. By far the larger portion of our earnings come from rentals of the Opera House. Other sources are payments by the concession' aire who operates the Opera House buffet, and service charges received for use of the Veterans Auditorium. Notwithstanding the fact that over 90% of our earned income is derived from the Opera House, the Board has been careful in authori2;ing expendi'  tures to divide all available moneys equitably between the two buildings, so that practically the same amount is spent annually on the upkeep of both buildings. In making our annual budget requests to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors we have never asked for more than we believed was actually needed, and we never have received as much as we asked for. In the coming year there will undoubtedly be curtailment in appropriations due to emergency expenditures necessitated by the war. But in my opinion it would be a short sighted policy to cut in any respect the funds appropriated for the current year. To the contrary they should be modestly increased. It is to be expected that not so many shows and concerts will be given in the coming months, so that our rental revenues will be materially decreased. The cost of materials and supplies of all kinds has gone up. Yet the buildings will be used more than ever before not only by veteran organi2,ations but very possibly by civic and military au- thorities. The facilities which they offer, appropriate for many uses in war as well as in peace, should be maintained in proper condition . We administer also a trust fund donated to us by the directors of the Panama Pacific International Exposition, held in 1915, upon the dissolution of that corporation. The principal of this fund amounts to $15,000.00. It has been invested with expert advice, in bonds which bring a return of $597.50 per year. A list of the securities will be found in Appendix C. By the terms of the trust this fund is employed to support a Fellowship in Pacific Coast History at the University of Cah' fornia. A new student, selected by the University Regents, is ap- pointed each year, and he is required to write a thesis on some aspect of international expositions. Mr. John Denton Carter held the fellowship for the term ending June 30, 1941, and he presented a most interesting paper on "Aviation at the Panama-Pacific Inter- national Exposition." He describes in detail the then astounding plan to promote a round-the-world aerial race to advertise the exposition, which was frustrated only by the outbreak of World War I. The daring of our present day warriors of the air is equalled only by the imagination and intrepidity of those aviation  pioneers of 1914. The holder of the Fellowship for 19414942 is Mr. Hugh Taylor. We also have acquired from the Panama'Pacific International Exposition a number of sets of Todd's official five volume history of the Exposition, some of which are distributed yearly to inter' ested students and libraries. In addition, we have under our charge forty murals originally hung in the exposition buildings. Many of them have been loaned to various schools and other institutions and eight of them, by Brangwyn, constitute the chief decorative motif of the walls of the Veterans Auditorium. 7. RENTAL RATES AND POLICIES The rates which we charge for use of the Opera House have become stabilised through a close adherence to the schedule adopted by this Board two years ago. It sets up standard rentals for grand opera, symphonies, general commercial uses, fraternal meetings, school programs, civic celebrations, and engagements for charitable purposes. Two amendments to this resolution were adopted during the year — one allowing a $250 basic charge per performance when the same tenant gives ten or more perform^ ances during a fiscal year, the other extending the flat $200 rate allowed the Young People's Symphony to include also grand opera for the benefit of students sponsored by the San Francisco Opera Guild. Under our resolution, special rates may be made only upon a proper showing that the requested use has not been contemplated or described in the several classifications listed above. Our strict adherence to this rule was illustrated by the fact that only half a do2,en engagements out of 141 held during the year were granted special rates. Among them were such worthy causes as the free concert of sacred music given by the San Francisco Conference of Christians and Jews, the Red Cross Roll Call, and "The Wizard of Ord" a show put on by the enlisted men from Fort Ord. There will be an increasing demand for special concessions, but in my opinion we should continue to be careful not to break down our rate structure.  Long ago the Board established the poHcy of staying out of competition with our legitimate down town theaters. This policy also should be continued. While an exact formula cannot be set up, we should not book plays, dramas or musical shows that ordi- narily would be housed elsewhere. Nor is the Opera House, with a few possible exceptions when no other accommodation is avail' able, the place for convention meetings. An informal approach was made during the year by interested parties to have us induce conventions here by making special low rates. But after proper explanation, this effort to misuse the Opera House was abandoned. We are not quite in the same position as other municipal boards who have the administration of public buildings under their juris- diction. We are not only managers, but trustees as well, and there- fore obligated to see that this War Memorial is put to no use repugnant to the trust agreement which played so large a part in its creation. Therefore we have the right, and have exercised it on occasion, of refusing the use of the Opera House for events which however praiseworthy they may be in other surroundings, do not fit into the War Memorial plan of operation. In this connection an incident arose during the year which caused considerable puWicity in the local press. We refused the application of the Town Hall Forum of the West made in the month of August, for a reservation in the month of January, 1942 for a debate between two prominent lecturers on the question "It Can Happen Here," which admittedly would be a discussion of whether or not a dictatorship would be established in this country. We were waited upon among others, by a representative of The American Civil Liberties Union, who charged us with discrimination, censorship and dictatorship. After a full hearing, the Board unanimously reaffirmed its position. Aside from the fact that several private theaters and auditoriums were available for this debate, I believe that as your President I voiced the unanimous sentiment of the Board when I told the delegation at our meeting that the controlling reason for our action was that ''a debate on whether or not there can be a dictatorship in this country — a debate to be held next January when this country may be in the war — is not a proper subject for  a civic Opera House built for and dedicated to the veterans of the last war." January came and with it a new war against dictatorships and in my opinion the soundness of our judgment is best demonstrated by an appreciation of what might have happened in the Opera House if the contemplated debate had been allowed. The Board took another firm stand on a matter of policy during the year. We received a request from the Musicians Union that we enforce a regulation that all music used in conjunction with any entertainment held in the War Memorial be furnished either by members of that Union or by those holding permits from it. We told the Union that we hired no musicians ourselves and that we would not impose upon our tenants the closed shop as a pre- requisite to the use of the War Memorial. 8. CONCLUSION AND APPRECIATION It has been my duty and pleasure during the year to contact the officers of various organi2,ations with which our Board does business. I have found their attitude to be one of consistent co' operation in maintaining the buildings on the high standard which we all have set for them. The American Legion War Memorial Commission has been particularly co-operative this last year. It has held to strict ac- countability those few individuals and organizations who through carelessness and wantonness have damaged property and fixtures within the Veterans Building. It has at its own expense, installed exhaust fans for the ventilation of the Clubrooms and has em- ployed a special policeman to regulate parking in the rear of the building. A spirit of mutual respect and helpfulness between our two Boards has been engendered. I present my compliments to the Commission and to Dr. Charles Kleupfer, its chairman, and Mr. W. B. Dorsett, its general manager. Mr. Robert Watt Miller, President of the San Francisco Opera Association and Mr. Paul Posz, its Business Manager, in a number of conferences throughout the year, have given every indication of their desire to achieve smoother teamwork in the daily operations in which we are so closely connected. They have recognized our  problems of finance and upkeep as we have recognized theirs, and I am sure that we start the new year with a clearer understanding of our respective responsibilities. The concessions in the Opera House, under contract to Mrs. Deborah C. O'Brien, have been operated in a courteous and capable manner. As President of The Musical Association of San Francisco, Mrs. Leonora Wood Armsby has made many constructive sug- gestions in connection with facilities and stage settings used for concerts by the Symphony Orchestra. She has carried out a big assignment graciously and well. Mr. Arthur Brown, Jr., the well known architect, has been kind enough to give us his time in connection with several matters during the year in which we needed his expert advice. I have already mentioned the able administration of the San Francisco Museum of Art by Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley. In conclusion, I give my most cordial thanks to the members of the Board, all of whom have cooperated fully and inteUigently in our common eifort to do a good job. To my successor as Presi- dent, Mr. Harry A. Milton, now the oldest member in years of service on the Board, I extend my congratulations. I know he will be captain of a fine team. Sincerely, Ramsay Moran President Januarys, 1942  APPENDIX A BOARDS OF TRUSTEES of the WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO 1930* TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley James I. Herz James W. Mullen Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin Original Board, confirmed by Board of Supervisors, March 3, 1930. 1931 TRUSTEES K. R. King.sbury, President George T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hearst General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley James I. Herz James W. Mullen* Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin James W. Mullen died July 25, 1931. 1932 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, Preside?!! George T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. George Hear.«t General Hunter Liggett Robert I. Bentley* James I. Herz Harry A. Miltonf Jesse C. Colman Charles H. Kendrick Richard M. Tobin * Robert I. Bentley died February 22, 1932. f Harry A. Milton confirmed January 18, 1932, vice James W. Mullen, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary Appointed November 1, 1932 Appointed September 8, 193 2 1933 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury, President George T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. James I. Herz John A. McGregorf Colbert Coldwell* Charles H. Kendrick Harry A. Milton Jesse C. Colman General Hunter Liggett Richard M. Tobin '''Colbert Coldwell confirmed January 2, 1933, vice George Hearst, term expired, t John A. McGregor confirmed January 2, 193 3, vice Robert I. Bentley, deceased. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managi7tg Director W. C. Douglas. Secretary  1934 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury. President George T. Cameron, Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano. Jr. James I. Hcrz* John A. McGregor Colbert Coldwell Charles H. Kendrick Harry A. Milton Jesse C. Colman General Hunter Liggett Richard M. Tobin James I. Herz resigned February, 1934. Col. Wm. H. Tobin, U. S. A. Ret., con- firmed March 5, 1934, vice James I. Herz. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. Ma»iaging Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1935 TRUSTEES K. R. Kingsbury,* President George T. Cameron,* J Vice-President Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. Charles H. Kendrick Allison E. Schoficld f t Colbert Coldwell John A. McGregor Ralph J. A. Stern f Hon. Thomas M. Foleyf Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin * K. R. Kingsbury and George T. Cameron resigned December, 1935. Joseph S. Thompson and J. H. Threlkeld confirmed December 9, 1935, vice K. R. Kings- bury and George T. Cameron, respectively. t Hon. Thomas M. Foley, Allison E. Schofield and Ralph J. A. Stern confirmed January 28, 1935, vice General Hunter Liggett, Richard M. Tobin and Jesse C. Colman, respectively, terms expired. J Allison E. Schofield elected Vice-President May 2, 1935. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. MdJiagirig Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1936 TRUSTEES Allison E. Schofield, President J. H. Thrclkeld.f Vice-Pre<:ident Frank N. Belgrano, Jr.* Charles H. Kendrick Ralph J. A. Stern Colbert Coldwell John A. McGregor Joseph S. Thompson Hon. Thomas M. Foley Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin Frank N. Belgrano, Jr., resigned October, 1936. Ramsay Moran confirmed October 26. 1936, vice Frank N. Belgrano, Jr. J. H. Threlkeld elected Vice-President March 19, 1936. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1937 TRUSTEES Allison E. Schofield, President J. H. Threlkeld, Vice-President Harold J. Boyd* Charles H. Kendrick Ramsay Moran Colbert Coldwell f John A. McGregor % Ralph J. A. Stern Hon. Thomas M. Foley Harry A. Milton Col. Wm. H. Tobin * Harold J. Boyd confirmed January 4, 1937, vice Joseph S. Thompson, term eX' pired; resigned, June, 1937; John J. Sullivan confirmed June 21, 1937, vice Harold J. Boyd, t Colbert Coldwell resigned July, 1937. Dr. Alanson Weeks confirmed August 2, 1937, vice Colbert Coldwell. J John A. McGregor resigned February, 1937. Horace B. Clifton confirmed FebrU' ary 8. 1937. vice John A. McGregor. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary  1938 TRUSTEES J. H. Threlkeld, President Ralph J. A. Stern, Vice-President Horace B. Clifton Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Hon. Thomas M. Foley Ramsay Moran Col. Wm. H. Tobin Charles H. Kendrick* Allison E. Schofield Dr. Alanson Weeks * Charles H. Kendrick resigned March, 1938. Frederick J. Koster confirmed April 4, 1938. vice Charles H. Kendrick. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer. Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1939 TRUSTEES Ralph J. A. Stern, President Horace B. Clifton,* Vice-President Hon. Thomas M. Foley f Ramsay Moran J. H. Threlkeld Frederick J. Koster Allison E. Schofield Col. Wm. H. Tobin Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Dr. Alanson Weeks * Horace B. Clifton died October 25, 1939. t Hon. Thomas M. Foley elected Vice-President November 16. 1939. STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director W. C. Douglas, Secretary 1940 TRUSTEES Hon. Thomas M. Foley, President Ramsay Moran, Vice-President Frederick J. Koster Ralph J. A. Stern Col. Wm. H. Tobin Harry A. Milton John J. Sullivan Dr. Alanson Weeks Allison E. Schofield J. H. Threlkeld STAFF Selby Oppenheimer, Managing Director *W. C. Douglas, Secretary, January 1, to April 30, inclusive Daniel P. O'Sullivan, Acting Secretary, May 1 to May 1 5, inclusive . Ira G. Thompson, Secretary, appointed May 16, 1940. * W. C. Douglas died April 30, 1940. 1941 TRUSTEES Ramsay Moran, President Harry A. Milton, Vice-President Alvin Gerlack* C. A. Marckley** John J. Sullivan Frederick J. Koster Guido J. MustoJ j. H. Threlkeld Walter A. Leonettif Ralph J. A. Stern§ Col. Wm. H. Tobin * Alvin Gerlack confirmed December 30, 1940, vice Thomas M. Foley, term expired January 2. 1941. t Walter A. Leonetti confirmed January 13, 1941, vice Edward J. Sharkey, resigned. ** C. A. Marckley confirmed December 30, 1940, vice Allison Schofield, term expired January 2, 1941. t Guido J. Musto confirmed December 30, 1940, vice Horace B. Clifton, deceased. § Ralph J. A. Stern confirmed February 17, 1941, vice Dr. Alanson Weeks, resigned. Edward J. Sharkey confirmed December 30, 1940, vice Ralph J. A. Stern, term expired January 2, 1941. Edward J. Sharkey resigned January 12, 1941. Dr. Alanson Weeks resigned February 16, 1941. STAFF '■• Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director, appointed January 17, 1941. vice Selby Oppenheimer. t Ira G. Thompson, Secretary. * Selby Oppenheimer died January 1, 1941. t Ira G. Thompson, acting managing director, January 7, 1941 through January 16, 1941.  APPENDIX B WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO Statement — Cash Receipts and Disbursements Fiscal Year 1940-41 REVENUES: Basic Rentals Percentage above basic rentals. Rehearsals Oificc Rentals Concessions Vending Machines (pro-rated) Service Charges Opera Veterans ■ Total House Building Museum $ 3 5,97^.00 $35,975.00 $ 4,243.97 4,243.97 5 50.00 5 50.00 2, 400. Of) 2,400.00 .3.291.20 3,291.20 5 1.07 23.49 27.58 4,351.50 4,351.50 $ 50,862.74 $46,483.66 $ 4,379.08 EXPENDITURES: Personal Services : Permanent $ 84,299.99 Temporary 6,440.59 Wages 1,712.50 Contractual Services 2,160.23 Materials and Supplies 4,902.22 Services of Other Departments 5,867.73 Scavenger Services 400.20 Maintenance of Fire Alarm . . . 780.00 Electricity and Gas 20,127.59 Equipment 1 96.03 Reserve Fund expenditures. . . 6,325.85 Settlement Pub. Liability claim 275.00 $133,487.93 $33,353.98 $43,998.85 3,459.47 2,552.84 1,700.00 12.50 1,13 3.77 ^)37.3 3 2,745.56 1,650.95 3,806.84 2,060.89 200.10 200.10 528.00 252.00 7,817.13 5,5 54.63 45.80 150.23 2,396.50 3,929.35 275.00 $57,187.15 $61,574.67 $118,761.82 Expenditures exceed revenues. $ 82,625.19 $10,703.49 $57,195.59 $14,726 1 $ 82,625.19 $67,899.08 $14,726 1  APPENDIX C PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name of Bonds Int. Rate Maturity Par Value 6212 Pacific Gas ^ Elec. Co 3/2?^ 6/1/66 $ 1,000.00 6213 Pacific Gas L^ Elec. Co 3!/29f 6/1/66 1,000.00 586 California Water Service... 4 % 5/1/61 1,000.00 4280 California Water Service. .. 4 % 5/1/61 1,000.00 8715 Consumers' Power Company 3|/2/t 11/1/67 1,000.00 8716 Consumers' Power Company 3/2% 11/1/67 1,000.00 1317 City of Vernon 4%% 10/1/44 1,000.00 1318 City of Vernon A%^,t 10/1/44 1,000.00 1772 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal. . . 4 ^r 4/1/50 1,000.00 2278 So. Pacifies. F. Terminal. . . 4 ^r 4/1/50 1,000.00 8937 Calif. Toll Bridge Auth.. . 4 ^t 9/1/76 1,000.00 189 Emporium-Capwell Co. . . . 4 % 1/1/52 1,000.00 806 Emporium-Capwell Co. .. . 4 % 1/1/52 1,000.00 1319 City of Vernon 4%^^ 10/1 '44 1,000.00 730^ City of New York 3/2 9c r/1'54 750.00 1 1 1 City of New York 3/2% ?/l/54 250.00 $15,000.00 C3n PRFNTED BY PERNAU-WALSH PRINTING CO. 755 MARKET STREET SAN FRANCISCO P^BUC Lli3RARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT £942 ANNUAL REPORT PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO January i^, ig^^ :iTY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Angelo J. Rossi Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco Harry A. Milton, President C. A. Marckley, Vice-President Alvin Gerlack Charles B. Kleupfer* Frederick J. Koster** Walter A. Leonetti Felix S. McGiNNisf Ramsay Moran J GuiDO ]. MUSTO Ralph J. A. Stern John J. Sullivan J. H. Threlkeld Col. William H. Tobin ^Confirmed vice Moran, Sept. 24, 1942. '*Resigned Sept. 21. 1942. fConfirmed vice Koster. Sept. 24, 1942. JRcsigncd Sept. 21. 1942. War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director Tra G Thompson, Secretary to the Board San Francisco, California, January 14, 1943. Honorable Angelo J. Rossi, Mayor, AND THE Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco. Gentlemen: As the retiring President of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco, I submit herewith my report of the business transacted by the Board and a resume of the Depart- ment's activities during the past year. It is a privilege to serve on this Board as a trustee for these magnificent buildings, v^hich vv^ere erected to the memory of those who died while serving in the armed forces of our country. To have been selected as President of this Board is an honor which I will long remember and a memory I will always cherish. The history and origin of the War Memorial have been written into the record by the reports published in prior years. I will, therefore, confine my report to the business which was transacted during my term as President. I desire to express my gratitude to the members of the Board, to our Managing Direc- tor, to the Secretary to the Board and to our General Clerk, for the splendid cooperation accorded me during the past year. Sincerely, Harry A. Milton. My report follows:  Committee Assignments, Calendar Year 1942, Budget and Finance: Vice-President C. A. Marckley, Chairman Trustee Ralph J. A. Stern Trustee John J. Sullivan Art Association : Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee Frederick J. Koster, Chairman (Jan. 'Sept., Incl.) Col. William H. Tobin, Chairman (Oct.'Dec, Incl.) Alvin Gerlack Felix S. McGinnis. apptd. Oct. 8, 1942 Opera and Symphony: Trustee Guido J. Musto, Chairman Trustee Alvin Gerlack Trustee FeHx S. McGinnis, apptd. Oct. 8, 1942 Trustee Ramsay Moran (Jan. 'Sept., Incl.) Trustee Ralph J. A. Stern Veterans: Trustee Trustee Trustee Trustee Ramsay Moran, Chairman (Jan. 'Sept., Incl.) Charles B. Kleupfer, Chairman (Oct.'Dec, Incl.) Walter Leonetti John J. Sullivan Buildings: Trustee Trustee Trustee Col. William H. Tobin, Chairman Alvin Gerlack Ralph J. A. Stern  WAR MEMORIAL DEPARTMENT EMPLOYMENT The War Memorial Department, and the various tenants of the two buildings, provide employment for a considerable number of San Francisco citizens. There are regularly 121 and temporarily 28') employees, segre' gated as follows: Department employees 42 Regular Staff of Opera and Symphony 15 Art Museum 22 The American Legion War Memorial Commission and aUied groups 40 Genealogical Library 2 Total Regular Employees 121 Temporary Employees divided among Orchestra Chorus Ballet House Service Other Temporary Employees 285 Some of this temporary employment lasts for a few months and some during a greater portion of the year. I did not continue the practice of keeping office hours in our office in the Veterans' Building, as had been recommended by Mr. Ramsay Moran in his Report for 1941, because I am of the opinion that such a practice is of no value to the War Mc morial, that it interferes with the usual routine of the office and that it is assuming the duties that rightfully belong to the Man' aging Director. When questions of policy arise, the president and a majority of the members of the Board have always been contacted and they render the necessary decisions. This is the procedure followed by all other departments of the City govern- ment.  The office staff of the War Memorial is composed of a Man' aging Director, a Secretary to the Board and a General Clerk' Stenographer. Their duties are as prescribed by the Civil Service Commission and set forth by the Commission in the "Classiiica' tion of Duties of Positions in the Municipal Service." We should abide by these rules. Mr. Edward J. Sharkey has served as Manag' ing Director since January, 1941. He is a most competent execu' tive, and the duties of managing the War Memorial should be left to him alone, as this is obviously the only practical way in which the War Memorial buildings can be operated. He is fully capable of discharging the duties of his ofHce, and this is solely his respou' sibility under the rules of the Civil Service Commission. Mr. Ira G. Thompson has been the Secretary to the Board since May, 1940. He is an experienced accountant and an able secretary. Mr. Daniel P. C Sullivan has served as General Clerk'Stenog' rapher since May, 1937. He is highly efficient in this position. On occasions he has substituted for Secretary Thompson, and has performed the secretarial duties in a satisfactory manner. There are 39 other permanent employees in the Department, as follows: 1 Stage Carpenter, 1 Stage Electrician, 1 Stage Property Man, 1 Chief Engineer, 2 Watch Engineers, 1 Elec trician, 1 Elevator Mechanic, 1 Foreman Janitor, 18 Janitors, 1 Window Cleaner, 5 Watchmen, 4 Elevator Operators, 1 Painter and 1 Opera House Attendant, part time. In the Report of the previous year (1941) there appears this statement — and I quote: "During the year, 152 performances and attractions of various kinds were given in the Auditorium (of the Veterans' Bldg.). They consisted of conventions, lee tures, concerts and dances. On most of these occasions the Audi' torium was rented to nou'Veteran sponsors. The American Legion War Memorial Commission, by arrangement with our Board, retains the major portion of the rent charged and pays to us a sum sufficient to cover the cost of light, heat and janitorial service by reason of each engagement." This statement is inac'  A (.oiiNLR ()[■ I hi: (;kani) kjyer, war memorial opera house f 12] curate. The rental of the Auditorium for non- Veteran affairs is set at $80.00. The Commission pays out of this sum, $50.00 to this Board and retains $30.00. When Veteran organi2,ations use the Auditorium they are charged $1.50. I am calling this to the attention of die Board at this time in order to place it in the record, so that the above statement may be corrected. The relationship existing between the tenants of the War Memorial buildings and the Board of Trustees during the past year has been most pleasing and harmonious. The relationship be- tween the Trustees and the employees of the War Memorial De- partment has, at no time, been more satisfactory than that rela- tionship existing during the past year. The morale of the em- ployees has been brought up to that point necessary to maintain efficient operations. The relationship between the Board and the various Labor Unions has, during the past year, been extremely harmonious. It is a pleasure to report that it was not necessary at any time for any of the representatives of the various Unions to appear before either our Managing Director or the Board of Trustees as a result of some grievance on the part of our em- ployees. This, of course, reflects great credit upon the manner in which the personnel of the War Memorial have been handled by our Managing Director. OPERA HOUSE During the past year the Opera House was used 143 times for public presentations. This represents an approximate attendance of a half million people. No previous opera season has been more outstanding than the one immediately passed. This in spite of the many difficult and complex problems arising because of wartime conditions. The world's greatest artists, participated in 15 performances of grand opera, presented in a manner unsur- passed in any part of the world. This gave to the citi2,ens of San Francisco a season of the firiest opera ever enjoyed here.  Repertoire and artists of the 1942 Grand Opera Season AIDA (Verdi) with Stella Roman, Bruna Castagna, Frederiek Jagel, Rc^bert Weede, Ezio Pinza, Lorenzo Alvary. Gaetano Merola, C'ondiieting. THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT (Donizetti) with Lily Pons, Irra Petina, Raoul Jobin, Salvatore Baccaloni, Lorenzo Alvary, George Cehanovsky. Pietro Cimara, Conducting. LA TRAVIATA (Verdi) with Bidu Sayao, Thelma Votipka, Jan Peerce, Richard Bonelli, George Cehanovsky, Alessio DePaolis, Douglas Beattie, Lorenzo Alvary. Gaetanc^ Merola, Conducting. THE BARTERED BRIDE (Smetana) with Josephine Antoine, Charles Kullman, Marek Windheim, Douglas Beattie, Thelma V^otipka, George Cehanovsky, Lorenzo Alvary. Walter Herbert, Conducting. LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (Donizetti) with Lily Pons, Jan Peerce, Richard Bonelli, Alessio DePaolis, Lorenzo Alvary, Thelma Votipka. Pietro Cimara, Conducting. CARMEN (Bizet) with Irra Petina, Licia Albanese, Raoul Jobin, John Brownlee, Thelma Votipka, Christina Carroll, Alessio DePaolis, George Cehanovsky, Lorenzo Alvary. Gaetano Merola, Conducting. FAUST (Gounod) Licia Albanese, Charles Kullman, Ezio Pinza, John Brownlee, Olive Ponitz, Thelma Votipka, George Cehanovsky. Fausto Cleva, Conducting. LOVE OF THREE KINGS (Montemezzi) with Jean Tennyson, Ezio Pinza, Robert Weede, Charles Kullman, Alessio De' Paolis. Italo Montemezzi, Conducting. FLEDERMAUS (J. Strauss) with Marek Windheim, Margit Bokor, Josephine Antoine, Arra Petina, Charles Kullman, Douglas Beattie, John Brownlee, Lorenzo Alvary. Walter Herbert, Conducting. THE MASKED BALL (Verdi) Frederick Jagel, Richard Bonelli, Stella Roman, Bruna Castagna, Josephine Antoine, Lorenzo Alvary, Douglas Beattie. Fausto Cleva, Conducting. BARBER OF SEVILLE (Rossini) Bidu Sayao, Irra Petina, Charles Kullman, Ezif) Pinza, John Brownlee, Salvatore Baccaloni.  COQ D'OR (RimskyKorsakov) Josephine Antoine, Salvatnre Baccaloni, Olive Ponitz, Alessio DePaolis, Douglas Beattie, Thelma Votipka. The great conflict in which these United States have been en' gaged for the past year brought about the use of the Opera House on many occasions for the presentation of patriotic pro' grams. Groups representing the various Allied nations availed themselves of the use of this splendid edifice to sponsor programs tending toward promoting better understanding and mutual help- fulness with our allies. A very large number of the personnel of our armed forces attended various performances, thereby adding color and stimulating a greater war effort on the part of our citizenry. The Opera House has been ''blacked'Out'\ a procedure adopted to assure the safety of the patrons should any incident occur; this with the approval of the Civilian Defense authorities. As an additional safeguard, trained air-raid wardens are on duty during each performance. A large number of tourists and many local residents visit the War Memorial buildings and are taken on a tour by a competent guide. VETERANS^ BUILDING The four floors devoted to offices, meeting rooms, clubrooms, auditorium and other facilities serve approximately 183 organi- zations of Veteran groups. It is estimated that three-quarters of a million persons annually make use of this building's facilities. Day and night, numerous activities in the building attract large groups of citizens. ART MUSEUM Art lovers have recognized the extraordinarily fine museum which occupies the 4th floor of the Veterans' Building. Approxi- mately a quarter of a million people have availed themselves of the splendidly lighted and equipped galleries of the museum dur- ing the past year. cm [ 16] REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES War Memorial of San Francisco Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements, Fiscal Year 1941-42 Total Opera House Veterans' Art Building Museum REVENUES: Basic rentals $ 31,200.00 Percentage above basic rentals 1,960.18 Rehearsals 250.00 Office Rentals 2,400.00 Concessions 3,33 5.80 Vending machines (pro-rated) 44.74 Service charges 6,669.00 Totals $ 45,859.72 31,200.00 $ 1,960.18 250.00 2,400.00 3,33 5.80 24.09 20 65 6,669.00 $39,170.07 $ 6,689.65 EXPENDITURES: Personal services : Permanent $88,218.14 $34,775.19 $46,365.45 5 7,077.50 Temporary 7,326.41 3,536.91 3,256.86 532.64 Wages 2,540.00 1,195.50 1,344.50 Contractual services 1,517.07 583.07 934.00 Materials and supplies 5,190.37 2,527.82 1,934.06 728.49 Services of other departments 3,766.15 1,917.03 1,849.12 Scavenger services 420.24 210.12 210.12 Maintenance of fire alarm 780.00 528.00 252.00 Electricity and gas 18,945.82 7,436.70 5,430.38 6,078.74 Equipment 91.37 45.69 45.68 Reserve fund expenditures... 8,229.59 3,699.43 4.106.90 423.26 Totals $137,025.16 $56,455.46 $65,729.07 314,840.63 $122,184.53 Expenditures exceed revenues $ 91,165.44 $17,285.39 $59,039.42 $14,840.63 $ 76,324.81  REPAIRS A list oi the important repairs and improvements during 1942 lollows: The Clubroom and Ladies' Lounge of the Veterans' Building were painted and refinished; The walls and eeiling of Room 1, Veterans' Building were painted: The stage floor of the Opera House was sanded and refinished; The executive office, Room 110 Veterans' Building, was painted and refinished; A wood-and'glass partition was installed in our executive office to provide some degree of privacy for our Managing Director and also for members of the Board who have occasion to visit that office from time to time; Debris remaining from the original construction was removed from the grids and structural beams backstage in the Opera House; Outlet holes were drilled and drain pipes installed in the tun' nel between the Veterans' Building and the Opera House so that the water seepage conditions could be better con' trolled; The molding and doors in the Veterans' Auditorium were regilded; The light standards in the Memorial Court, and the lighting in many parts of both buildings were changed so as to comply with the '"dim-out" regulations as promulgated by the United States Army, this work being approved by the Civilian Defense authorities. There were several other emergencies brought about by war conditions but, for' tunately, these were anticipated by the Managing Di' rector and the necessary steps were prepared for them in advance. A source of worry has been the priority rulings for the pro' curement of materials, as established by the Federal govern- ment. Just prior to the opening of the opera season it was found  that the awning for the front of the Opera House had deterio' rated and was practically unusable. Because of the great distance between the curb and the entrance doors it would have been impossible to use these doors without a considerable amount of inconvenience to the patrons. Upon endeavoring to have the awning recovered, it was found that priority regulations greatly endangered the possibility of having the work done; however, our Managing Director, Mr. Sharkey, proved himself equal to the occasion and continued his efforts until he succeeded in having the awning recovered before the beginning of the opera season and before any inconvenience was suffered by the patrons be' cause of inclem.ent weather, thus averting any adverse criticisms. CONCLUSION It has been my pleasure during the year to have visited the officers of the various organii^ations with which our Board does business. I have found them to be most cooperative in maintain' ing the buildings on the standards which have been established by the Board of Trustees. At no time in the history of the War Memorial has the American Legion War Memorial Commission been more cooperative. It has established and adhered to a high standard of efficient operation in the portions of the premises under its jurisdiction. The Commission has, at its own expense, caused many improvements to be made, thereby adding to the comforts of the Veterans and others using the Veterans' Build' ing. A most splendid spirit of understanding and cooperation between the American Legion War Memorial Commission and the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial has been engen' dered, and this, beyond question, is both mutually advantageous and satisfactory. I extend my most cordial thanks to the members of this Board for their splendid cooperation and help to me during my term of office. To my successor as president, Mr. Claudius A. Marckley, 1 extend my hearty congratulations. I know that he will be a most capable president. Sincerely, Harry A. Milton, Fresidtfut. [ 19 ] i APPENDIX PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name ot Bonds Int. Rate Maturity Par Value 6212 Pacific Gas 6? Elec. Co 3/2% 6/1/66 $1,000.00 6213 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3/2% ^ 6/1/66 1,000.00 586 California Water Service. . 4 % 5/1/61 1,000.00 4280 California Water Service . . 4 % 5/1/61 1,000.00 8715 Consumers Tower Company ^Vz^/c 11/1/67 1,000.00 8716 Consumers' Power Company 3]/2% 11/1/67 1,000.00 1317 City of Vernon 4%9f 10/1/44 1,000.00 1318 City of Vernon 43^9^ 10/1/44 1,000.00 1772 So. Pacific'S. F. TerminaL . 4 % 4/1/50 1,000.00 2278 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal. . 4 '/r 4/1/50 1,000.00 8937 Calif. Toll Bridge Auth.. . . 4 % 9/1/76 1,000.00 189 EmporiunvCapwcll Co. ... 4 % 1/1/52 1,000.00 806 Emporium-Capwell Co. ... 4 % 1/1/52 1,000.00 1319 City of Vernon 4%% 10/1/44 1,000.00 730^- City of New York 3/2% 5/1/54 750.00 1 1 1 City of New York 3/2% 5/1/54 250.00 $15,000.00 r2(»] BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1945 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO January 13, 1944 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Angelo J. Rossi Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco C. A. Marckley, President GuiDO J. MusTO, Vice-President Sidney M. Ehrman Alvin Gerlack W. A. Henderson* Dan S. Hewitt Charles B. Kleupfer** Walter A. Leonetti Felix S. McGinnis Harry A. Milton ' Ralph J. A. Stern John J. Sullivan! '■'Confirmed vice Chas. B. Kleiipfer, Dec. 13, 1943. **Resigned and reconfirmed vice John J. Sullivan, Dec. 13, 1943. fResigned September 17, 1943. War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director Ira G. Thompson, Secretary to the Board San Francisco, California, January 13, 1944. To His Honor, the Mayor of San Francisco, AND TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WaR Memorial of San Francisco: Another year has ended and the stewardship of the Trustees must again be recorded. This being our final meeting and in keeping with the custom estabhshed by my predecessors, I here- with submit my concluding report as president of this Board. It is with pride and great pleasure that I take this opportunity of recounting to you, Honorable Mayor, to the members of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial and to the citi2;enry of San Francisco, through the medium of this report, the wonder- ful accomplishments of the War Memorial buildings. To put into writing the history and real purpose for which these build- ings were erected would be a sacrilege on my part, although the past-presidents whom I have succeeded have, most ably and elo- quently, through their annual reports, repeatedly eulogized the purpose of these, the world's most beautiful War Memorial buildings, which San Francisco has the honor of possessing. To one who has been privileged to serve in the armed forces of his country, I have always felt, upon entering either of these buildings, as though I were walking on sacred ground, and at times while within these portals have felt the nearness of my comrades who have gone on before. San Francisco is truly blessed, and its citi2;ens should be very proud, indeed, of these magnificent monuments, dedicated to our boys who have given their all. To have served as president of this Board of Trustees has been to me a rare privilege, a pleasure and a distinct honor. To the members of the Board — each and every one — -I wish to express deep and grateful appreciation for their splendid cooperation and the sincerity with which they have discharged the duties which they have been called upon to perform. This, I feel, is sufficient proof that the members of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial are fully aware of their responsibilities. The year just past has been most harmonious and successful in accomplish- ments. The Board has at all times worked in complete unity, re- gardless of which group they may represent, all realizing the necessity of the work which must be completed with harmony and cooperation for the best interests of all. Very sincerely, Claudius A. Marckley. WAR MEMORIAL TENANTS The relationship between the Art Association, represented by Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley; Tobias Bricca and Bruce Jones, chairman of The American Legion War Memorial Com' mission; Mr. Kenneth Monteagle, president of the San Fran' Cisco Opera Association, and Mrs. Leonora Wood Armsby, president of the Musical Association of San Francisco, has been most satisfactory. Each group is to be highly commended for their wonderful cooperation. Especially must I compliment the War Memorial Commission of The American Legion for the generous manner in which they have assisted financially, when' ever possible or necessary, in various improvements so vitally needed in the Veterans' Building. MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEES The record of achievements has been recorded and com' mented upon by my predecessors concerning the office staff of the War Memorial, particularly the office of Managing Di' rector. This, to me, is of vital importance and should be called to the attention of all concerned. The success and widespread reputation which the San Francisco War Memorial buildings received under the guidance and direction of our late and greatly beloved Managing Director, Selby C. Oppenheimer, was one most worthy of imitation and so difficult to duplicate. However, at this writing it really affords me much pleasure and satisfac tion to make the following statement. When Mr. Edward Sharkey assumed the office of Managing Director three years ago, all were much concerned as to just how successful this as' signment would be to one starting from "scratch"- — one who had not acquired through many years of actual directorship the necessary experience for this all-important post. However, I, 7} for one, had a warm conviction from the start in the wisdom of Mr. Sharkey's appointment, knowing full well his indefatigable will to surmount difficult obstacles. After reviewing his accom- plishments, it has become a proven fact to me and to all of the Board members, that all of the problems, great or small with which he has been confronted, whether coming from the world of music, opera, art or Veteran relationships, have been most successfully handled and brought to satisfactory conclusion. Mr. Sharkey has made every effort to please, at the same time diplo' matically handling some of the most trying situations, brought about by those w'ho would endeavor to use our buildings for purposes unbecoming their dignity. This has relieved the Board of many controversial subjects at our meetings and during the interim. A great bond of friendship, cordiality and goodwill has been developed, and the operation of both buildings has never been more successful. This is an accomplishment most worthy of commendation, and is greatly appreciated by the Board. Let me be very frank and say that the Board is very fortunate in having one so faithful and efficient in his duties. Mr. Ira Thompson, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, has performed his duties in a dignified and satisfactory manner at all times, carrying out to a successful conclusion his assign- ments. Mr. Daniel P. O'Sullivan, the office clerk-stenographer, has, as in the past, proven a most valuable asset in keeping the records of the Board in a splendid manner. The relationship between management and employees has been most harmonious, and I do wish to express to Mr. John McGuire, our Foreman Janitor, our appreciation for his splendid cooperation in getting things accomplished, regardless of employ- ment problems which are so trying during this present war crisis.  BOARD COMMITTEES, 1943 The members of the Board were assigned to live standing com' mittees, set up as follows: Budget and Finance: Trustee Kleupfer, Chairman Trustee Ehrman Trustee Hewitt Trustee Milton Art Association: Trustee McGinnis, Chairman Trustee Ehrman Trustee Leonetti Trustee Stern Opera and Symphony: Vice-President Musto, Chairman Trustee Ehrman Trustee McGinnis Trustee Stern Veterans: Trustee Gerlack, Chairman Trustee Hewitt Trustee Kleupfer Trustee Leonetti Trustee Sullivan (to 9/19/43) 1 B uildings: Trustee Sullivan, Chairman (to 9/17/43) Trustee Milton Vicc'President Musto Through this method of procedure, the Trustees are made ac quainted with all of the responsibilities connected with the op' eration of the War Memorial.  CIVILIAN DEFENSE In compliance with all the rules and regulations established by Army and Civilian Defense programs for the safeguarding of lives and property in the event of an air attack on our City, every precaution was entered into to secure the safety of our buildings and their occupants. A considerable amount of money was expended to meet every requirement of the Civilian Defense regulations. The ''black'out" costs were as follows: Total O.H. V.B. War Memorial Funds: Work Order 351 $ 426.76 $426.76 Work Order 366 51.83 $ 51.83 Work Order 370 284.90 284.90 Work Order 376 122.44 122.44 Black-out paint 11.33 5.66 5.67 Mayor's Emergency Fund.. 1,691.43 1,691.43 Totals $2,588.69 $2,156.26 $432.43 Employees of the Department have completed one or more courses of the following Civilian Defense programs: Air Raid Warden Service Theatre Air Raid Warden Service Building and Plant Protection War Gases Red Cross First Aid This cooperation on the part of our employees we heartily appreciate, and each one is to be commended for his loyal and patriotic spirit. MAJOR REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS The Managing Director constantly inspects and where repairs or improvements are needed they are called to the attention of the Board members at our monthly meetings, or sooner if urgent, and, if possible and within the scope of our financial allocations or budget, corrections are made. There are many repairs and  improvements which I shall not list or indicate. I wish to say, however, that our War Memorial buildings have not been al- lowed to deteriorate; in fact, they still continue to be one of San Francisco's outstanding attractions. The following are the important repairs and improvements of this year: Scaling and painting of all steel sash on second floor of the Veterans' Building and the Opera House; Refinishing of the foyer of the Veterans' Auditorium; Repair of the "Gold Curtain", Opera House; Scaling and repainting of metal marquee over the taxi ramp, south side of the Opera House; Recovering of the sidewalk canopies, Van Ness Avenue en- trance to the Veterans' Building and limousine entrance to the Opera House; New flooring installed in Room 1, Veterans' Building; Refinishing and painting of foyer, street entrance to the Art Museum; Sanding and refinishing of the oak floor, basement of the Opera House; Painting and refinishing of offices assigned to the Art Mu' seum on the main floor of the Veterans' Building. OPERA HOUSE The Opera House has enjoyed one of its most outstanding years, as indicated from the record of attendance, performances, visitors and miscellaneous activities. The record is as follows: Attendance: Performances 419,250 Visitors 3,010 Miscellaneous Activities 1,200 Total Attendance 423,460  Performances: Grand Opera 17 Symphony Concerts 31 Concerts, Opera Assn. Concert Div 21 Miscellaneous 29 Ballets 18 Conventions 4 Meetings of Teachers' Institute 1 School Graduations 7 Special Rehearsals 1 Total 129 VETERANS' BUILDING The Veterans' Building each year has become more popular, not only to the Veteran organiz^ations but to the citizenry as well. The popularity of its auditorium speaks for itself. The record follows: Attendance: Auditorium (101 affairs) 50,500 Meetings (total of 3,423) 171,150 Daily in and out 45,750 Total attendance 267,400 Aware of the vast number of men and women in the armed forces of the United States, it is evident that the Veterans' Building, especially, will play a most important part in giving to the men and women who will return to us sick in mind and body, comfort and a place in which they may receive aid and support. The Trustees should exert every effort possible to keep the Veterans' Building a haven for these men and women.  ART MUSEUM The Art Museum, which occupies the fourth floor of the Veterans' Building and is under the directorship of Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley, has been one of the show places of San Fran- cisco. The programs and exhibits arranged for the enjoyment of the art loving people of San Francisco are of the finest and have received nation-wide acclaim. This section of the War Memorial has done much to entertain our men and women in the armed forces during their stay in San Francisco. The Art Museum attendance records show a daily in and out total for the year of 70,749, including approximately twenty service people in attendance daily. [U] AUDITORIUM — VETER.^NS BUILDINL [in REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES War Memorial of San Francisco Statement of Cash Receipts and Disbursements Fiscal Year 1942-43 OpcTd Veterans' Ai Total House Building Musi REVENUES Basic Rentals sS 32,460.08 $32,460.08 $ $ Percentages above basic 3,2^^8.85 3,298.85 Rehearsals 200.00 200.00 Of^ce Rentals 2,400.00 2,400.00 Concessions 3,892.77 3,892.77 Vending Machines 45.36 24.9? 20.41 Service Charges 4,600.00 4,600.00 Fixed Charges 113.40 113.4C Total Revenues $ 47,010.46 $42,276.65 $ 4,620.41 $ 1 13.4C EXPENDITURES Permanent Salaries $90,453.8) $35,051.11 $48,328.86 $7,073.84 Temporary Salaries 7,016.85 2,799.98 3.741.00 475.87 Wages 5,100.00 3,156.81 1,943.19 Contractual Services 3,429.1 1 2,075.16 1,353.95 Materials and Supplies 5,756.50 2,532.81 2,248.77 974.92 Services of Other Depts 4,898.88 2,341.45 2,5 57.43 Scavenger Services 440.28 220.14 220.14 Aux. Fire Alarm Service 780.00 528.00 252.00 Electricity and Gas 17,837.78 7,106.56 5,115.83 5,615.39: Reserve Fund Expenditures... 1,236.11 606.70 629.41 Public Lia. Ins. Premium 1,600.00 1,000.00 486.60 113.401 Total Expenditures $138,549.32 $57,418.72 $66,877.18 $14,253.42 $124,295.90 Expenditures Exceed Revenues $ 91,538.86 $15,142.07 $62,256.77 $14,140.02 $ 77,398.84 CONCLUSION I wish to express at this time, my hope and desire to see the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial, and all the associated organi2;ations which make up the War Memorial group, continue to prosper and flourish and carry on to greater achievement. To those who may follow in office, may they continue to build a more beautiful War Memorial for future ages to come. Sincerely, C. A. Marckley, Preside')] t.  APPENDIX PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name of Bonds Int. Rate 62 1 2 Pacific Gas 5? Elec. Co 31/2% 62 1 3 Pacific Gas &? Elec. Co Wl% 586 California Water Service . . 4 % 4280 California Water Service. . 4 % 8715 Consumers' Power Company 3^% 8716 Consumers' Power Company 3 J/2% 1317 City of Vernon 4%% 1318 City of Vernon 4%% 1772 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal. . 4 % Ills So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal.. 4 % 8937* Calif. Toll Bridge Auth.. . . 4 % 189 Emporium-Capwell Co. ... 4 % 806 Emporium-Capwell Co. ... 4 % 1319 City of Vernon 4%% 7305 City of New York 31/2% 1 1 1 City of New York 3!/2% Maturity Par Value 6/1/66 6/1/66 5/1/61 5/1/61 11/1/67 11/1/67 10/1/44 10/1/44 4/1/50 4/1/50 9/1/76 1/1/52 1/1/52 10/1/44 5/1/54 5/1/54 $ 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 1,000.00 750.00 250.00 $15,000.00 *Called September 1, 1943. Replaced by: 80701 Central Pacific Rwy. Co. . . 4 % 8/1/49 $ 1,000.00  J BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 944 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL SAN FRANCISCO January 11, J 945 A CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Roger D. Lapham Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco GuiDO J. MusTO, President Charles B. Kleupfer, Vice'President Sidney M. Ehrman Alvin Gerlack W. A. Henderson Dan S. Hewitt J. Bruce Jones* Walter A. Leonetti Felix S. McGinnis Harry A. Milton Ralph J. A. Stern 'Confirmed May 29, 1944 vice C. A. Marckley, deceased War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director Ira G. Thompson, Secretary to the Board [3} San Francisco, California, January 11, 1945. To THE Honorable Roger D. Lapham, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco, AND TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WaR Memorial of San Francisco. Gentlemen: The War Memorial of San Francisco has now completed its twelfth year of existence, and it aifords me great pleasure, as president of the Board, to render you a report of its activities during the year 1944. The War Memorial has continued to operate with the high- est standard of efficiency being evident, although this is becom- ing more and more difficult, due to the present conditions of lack of personnel, problems involving materials and supphes, and many other obstacles that are natural during war times. It has been a great honor and satisfaction to preside at the Board meetings, and at this time I wish to thank the Trustees for the confidence reposed in me as expressed by my election to the office of president of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial. For those of you who wish to be informed more fully and in detail as to the creation and history of the War Memorial, I refer you to the past yearly reports of this Depart- ment. The War Memorial Department has enjoyed a most splendid growth during the past few years. The presentation of theatri- cal events in the Opera House has increased considerably. A greater number of the citi2,ens of San Francisco have had the opportunity to attend these events, presented by the world's greatest artists and produced in an Opera House that is without  question the most magnihcent municipally-owned Opera House in the world. The increased number of bookings also means more revenue to this Department. This, of course, is reflected in the tax rate of our City and tends to lighten the burden of our tax- payers. This is set forth more fully later on in this report. Our Board has been most ably assisted by our Managing Director, Mr. Edward Sharkey, who has at all times been most efficient and has exercised most careful judgment. His dealings with our tenants have always brcuight to us the highest com- mendation. He has been assisted in the administration of his office work by our Secretary, Mr. Ira G. Thompson, who has kept an accurate record of the operations of the War Memorial and its financial transactions. Mr. Daniel P. O'Sullivan, the office General Clerk-Stenog- rapher, has continued to be a valuable asset to our Department. The foremen of our various departmental functions have at all times carried out the tasks assigned them by the Managing Director in a most efficient manner. The Board as a whole has been a very pleasant one to work with, conservative, impartial and ever alert to adopt programs redounding to the best interests of the citizenry of San Fran- cisco and the efficient operation of the War Memorial. The Board has continued to act on each booking in the Opera House as the application for use of the building was pre- sented, taking into consideration every possible circumstance and deciding in the best interest of the people, rather than to attempt to adopt some policy that would bind or establish a precedent for future Boards. Heretofore it has been the general opinion of agencies contracting for musical entertainment, that  the Board of Trustees had a definite pohcy that would prevent the presentation of musical entertainments in the Opera House, although they were of the highest standard. This, of course, is not so. As explained above, the Board acts on the merits of each booking as presented for approval, and this policy has proven very satisfactory. WAR MEMORIAL TENANTS The relationship between the Musical Association of San Francisco (Mrs. Leonora Wood Armsby, President), The American Legion War Memorial Commission (Mr. Charles Galhano, Chairman), the San Francisco Art Association (rep' resented by Dr. Grace L. McCann Morley, Director of the San Francisco Museum of Art) and the San Francisco Opera Asso- ciation (Mr. Kenneth Monteagle, President) has been most satis- factory, and each group is to be complimented for its splendid cooperation. One word concerning a beneficiary under the War Memorial Trust: The Musical Association of San Francisco, which is re- sponsible for all concerts given by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. It is a well-known fact that symphony orchestras are not self-sustaining, but must depend upon public subscrip- tions. This being the case, the Board of Trustees should render every assistance possible to the Musical Association. The Young People's Symphony concerts, given as they are on Saturday mornings, do not interfere with other bookings, and the Board of Trustees should continue their contribution to this most worthy cause by granting a rental concession. These concerts prepare and develop musical appreciation in our youth, who, in the future, will be the supporters of symphony music in our City. Furthermore, it should always be borne in mind that the Symphony Orchestra is the foundation of all musical culture in [7} our City; without it, the splendid performances of the San Francisco Opera Association, the concerts presented by the Art Commission of the City and County, or the briUiant ballet per' formances would be impossible. OPERA HOUSE The Opera House has enjoyed its most outstanding year, as indicated by the record of attendance, performances and other activities. It is interesting to note the increased number of per' formances in the Opera House over a period of years since its inception, as shown by the following table: (Oct.'Dec.) 1932 37 1933 74 1934 97 1935 87 1936 Ill 1937 Ill 1938 131 1939 139 1940 132 1941 141 1942 143 1943 129 1944 208 (12/31/44: b(X3ked for period 1/1/45 to 6/30/45 69) VETERANS^ BUILDING The present war is affecting the activities of the 188 Vet' eran organi2,ations meeting regularly in the Veterans' Building. Their programs include the use of the facilities for service per' sonnel entertainment and for the accumulation and distribution of much'needed articles for members in the armed forces. The rc'instatement of the ''"Service Bureau" on a full-time basis, made  necessary by the demands of World War II Veterans, has in- creased the daily total of persons using this building. From the present outlook, it is very doubtful if the accom- modations now available will be adequate for the increased membership that will accrue as a result of the termination of the present conflict. Serious consideration should be given in advanced planning to meet the inevitable congestion without the requirement of excluding some Veteran organizations. Although the regular meetings are not attended as well as before the war, we find the present requirements are just about equal to our ability to meet them with the personnel now employed. ART MUSEUM Attendance statistics, though they do not give the whole picture, do serve as useful indices of museum use and growth in 1944 over the preceding year. In 1943, the dim-out still in force made necessary shutting off some galleries after dusk. Exhibitions and most activities were maintained, but the total of attendance suffered, and amounted to only 68,366, of which 20,901 was for specific educational activities. By contrast, with the dim-out lifted, 1944 showed an increase to 91,531 for general attendance, and to 35,759 for educational activities. 10,651 men and women in uniform visited the galleries in 1944, of whom 2,374 took part in activities opened to them on the same basis as to the Museum's own mem- bers. As usual, more than 110 exhibitions were presented on many aspects of contemporary art. Activities of many kinds, planned to aid the public in understanding and evaluating the art of to-day, and stressing the background of world knowledge,  of which art is a part, were carried on. The total attendance of more than 35,000 indicates their success. It should be noted that 1944 completed the Museum's tenth year in the Veterans' Building, and that total attendance during the period has totalled 1,279,651, for before the war annual attendance fluctuated between 125,000 and a high of 158,000, depending upon the exhibitions and activities. MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS The buildings are constantly inspected by our Managing Director. When improvements and/or repairs are necessary they are called to the attention of our Board at our meetings, or sooner if urgent. There are, or course, a multitude of improve' ments and repairs which would not be practical to recite here; however, I shall cite some of the more important repairs and improvements during the year 1944: Installation of a cross'indexing system and method of identification of signatures in the Opera House ''Guest Book"; Plaster repairs in the Veterans' Building and the Opera House; Improvement of the heating system in the Hospital Room, Opera House; Painting and regilding of the iron fence at the East end of the Memorial Court; Painting and refinishing dressing rooms, backstage in both the Opera House and the Veterans' Auditorium; Repairs to the brail curtain, stage of the Opera House; Overhaul and repair of Venetian blinds in the Veterans' Building; Miscellaneous painting and refinishing of various sec- tions of the Art Museum.  FINANCES I am of the opinion that it would be of interest to all to review the record of revenues accruing to the City and County of San Francisco due to the operation of the buildings of the War Memorial during the past years. Following is a table of receipts by fiscal years from 1932 to 1945, inclusive: 1932-33 $24,846.75 1933-34 33,124.59 1934-3 5 41,689.84 1935-36 38,075.82 1936-37 42,081.30 1937-38 45,804.28 1938-39 40,313.87 1939-40 48,970.10 1940-41 50,862.74 1941-42 45,959.72 1942-43 47,010.07 1943-44 66,348.15 1944,4.- (Actual to Dec. 31 $^8,102. 27 Est., bal. of year 24,662.87) 82,76^M4 [l-^l STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FISCAL YEAR 1943-44 Opera Veterans ' Art Total House Building ]\Iuseum Re\-EXUES : Basic Rentals $ 44,505.00 $44,505.00 Percent, above basic. 9,254.36 9,254.36 Rehearsals 70.00 70.00 Office Rentals 2.400.00 2,400.00 Concessions 5,43 3.97 5,43 3.97 Vending Machines . . 59.82 31.90 $ 27.92 Service Charges .... 4,525.00 4,525.00 Fixed Charges 100.00 $ 100.00 Total Revenues . . $ 66,348.15 $61,695.23 $ 4,552.92 $ 100.00 Expenditures: Permanent Salaries . $ 93,509.03 $38,826.28 $47,363.39 $ 7,319.36 Overtime 6,611.75 5,631.68 920.56 59.51 Temporary Salaries . 8,267.63 4,192.80 3,565.88 508.95 Wages 5,643.00 3,799.00 1.844.00 Contractual Services. 2,624.04 1,041.92 1,582.12 Heat, Light ^ Power 18,984.27 7,717.45 5,312.39 5,954.43 Materials 6? SuppHes 5,246.22 2,825.99 1,931.53 488.70 Pub. Lia. Ins. Prem. 1,300.00 780.00 420.00 100.00 Services of Other Depts 5,273.73 2,872.34 2,401.39 Reserve Fund Expend. Scavenger Services . . 440.28 220.14 220.14 Aux. Fire Alarm Ser. 780.00 528.00 252.00 Equipment (Drapes) . 166.12 166.12 Maint. ^ Rep., Other Equip 1.163.08 541.50 621.58 Total Expenditures $150,009.15 $69,143.22 $135, $66,434.98 578.20 $14,430.95 Expenditures Exceed Revenues $ 83,661.00 $ 7,447.99 $61,882.06 $14,330.95 $ 69, 330.05 [in GIFT OF TAPESTRIES Gump's, 250 Post Street, San Francisco, California, very generously presented as gifts on December 28, 1944 two very rare tapestries from the Papal Looms, which were woven in 1732 and 1736 by Gobelin weavers who were brought to Rome at the time. These were woven from the cartoons of Pietro Ferloni and are two scenes from Tasso's ''Jerusalem Delivered''. They are in size 12 feet by 18 feet and 12 feet by 15 feet. You will note that the printed pictures of these tapestries show cartouches in the above center border which quote the scene depicted from the poem. There are six other tapestries of the same set now hanging in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. One of these in the Museum is illustrated in the April 18, 1931 issue of Satur' day Evening Post on page 23. The two presented to us came from the New York sale of the property of Archduke Leopold of Austria. The Board accepted these gifts, recognizing and appreciating the high public spirit inspiring the donation. The tapestries will be appropriately hung in the corridors of the War Memorial Opera House for the pleasure and enjoyment of the patrons thereof.  CONCLUSION In closing, I wish to express my desire that the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial and all of the associated units which make up the War Memorial group will continue to pros' per and to go on to greater achievements. To my successor in office, I extend my sincere good wishes and pledge my full sup- port and continued cooperation. Sincerely, GUIDO J. MUSTO, President. APPENDIX PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name of Bonds Int. Rate Maturity Par Value 6212 Pacific Gas e?' Elec. Co 3|/2% 6/1/66 $1,000.00 6213 Pacific Gas ^ Elec. Co 3|/2% 6/1/66 1,000.00 586 California Water Service.. 4 % Vl/61 1,000.00 4280 California Water Service. . 4 % ?/l/61 1,000.00 1772 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal. . 4 % 4/1/50 1,000.00 2278 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal.. 4 % 4/1/50 1,000.00 7305 City of New York 3^2% 5/1/54 750.00 111 City of New York 3/2% 5/1/54 250.00 80701 Central Pacific Rwy. Co. . . 4 % 8/1/49 1,000.00 7407 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co. 3/8% 8/1/73 1,000.00 7408 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co. 3^8% 8/1/73 1,000.00 L'M3209 Pacific Gas ^ Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3210 Pacific Gas Ss? Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3211 Pacific Gas 6? Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3212 Pacific Gas 6? Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3213 Pacific Gas L^ Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 $15,000.00  BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1945 ANNUAL REPORT PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO January JO, ]94() CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Roger D. Lapham Mayor Board of Trustees OF THE \\^'\R Memorial of San Francisco Charles B. Kleupfer, President Felix S. McGinnis,* Vice'President Sidney M. Ehrman Alvin Gerlack D. Lyle Ghirardelli*** W. A. Henderson Dan S. Hewitt J. Bruce JoNEsf Walter A. Leonetti Harry A. Milton J guido j. musto Richard H. Newhall** Ralph J. A. Stern 'Jelix S. McGinnis died March 17, 194?. successor not elected $Harry A. Milton died July 15. 1945 tJ. Bruce Jones died December 23, 1945 **Confirmed September 11. 1945 vice Harry A. Milton ***Confirmed June 18, 1945 vice Fehx S. McGinnis War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey, Managing Director Ira G. Thompson, Secretary to the Board  San Francisco, California, January 10, 1946. To THE Honorable Roger D. Lapham, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco, AND TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WaR Memorial of San Francisco. Gentlemen: It affords me great pleasure, as president of the War Memorial Board of Trustees, to render to you a report of the activities during the year 1945. The War Memorial has continued to operate with the highest standard of efficiency being evident, although this is becoming more and more difficult due to problems involving materials and supplies, lack of personnel and other obstacles that are natural as an aftermath of the v^ar. It has been a great personal privilege and satisfaction to pre- side at Board meetings, and I do wish to thank the trustees for the splendid cooperation given to me during my term of office. The War Memorial has just completed its most successful year from the standpoint of activities and financial gain. The presentation of theatrical events in the Opera House and various other events in the Veterans' Building and the Art Museum have enjoyed a tremendous increase over and above other years. The 1945 opera season was the most splendid presentation to the citi2,ens of San Francisco and neighboring communities that has ever been produced. No other opera season, from the stand- point of attendance or glamor surpassed the season of 1945. The relationship between the American Legion War Memorial Commission, the Musical Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Association has been satisfactory, and each in group is to be complimented for its splendid cooperation. It is well to note at this point that it was only through the coopera' tion and acquiescence of the above three beneficiaries under the trust upon which the operation of the War Memorial is predi' cated, that the United Nations Conference on International Organi2,ation could have been conducted in both of these build' ings. Too much credit cannot be given to the above named beneficiaries for their gracious acquiescense. UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION After receiving official notification that San Francisco had been selected as the city within which the United Nations Con- ference on International Organi2;ation would meet, and having received a request from His Honor, the Mayor, that the War Memorial facilities be made available for this purpose, it became necessary to make vast preparations. Not knowing in detail what the Conference needs might be, it was difficult to visuali2,e the extent of the necessary preparations. As representatives of the United States State Department arrived, we gradually discovered that their requirements necessitated much construction, painting and many installations. To accomplish this, we were forced to require complete evacuation of the buildings by the regular ten- ants by April 1, 1945. The fourth floor of the Veterans' Building (the Art Museum quarters) was selected as the location for the clerical offices of the Secretariat of the Conference and to house the Army's world-wide broadcast headquarters. To properly accommodate these groups the galleries were sub-divided into many offices and departmental arrangements. The construction included partition- ing, electrical installations and supplementary illumination. The  completed re'arrangement housed approximately 600 employees who worked on around'the'clock schedules. The remainder of the Veterans' Building (1st, 2nd, 3rd floors and basement) was re'arranged by partitions, etc., to provide meeting halls for commissions and committees, offices for officials, offices for news agencies, offices for newsreel companies, council rooms for newspaper correspondents and reporters, facilities for broadcasting and housing of many other minor related activities. One of the rooms in the basement was set aside as a telephone exchange room, and a vast amount of installation and incidental work was done here to accommodate the almost unbelievable volume of telephone communication required. The Veterans' Building Auditorium was set for larger meet- ings of commissions and press conferences. A setting was built on the stage which ultimately formed the background for the signing of the Charter and Interim Agreement. The Green Room served, without alteration, as a lounging convenience to the delegates. The Opera House was selected for plenary sessions of the Conference and for meetings of the larger commissions. A stage setting was built and remained during the duration of the Con- ference. The basement promenade Vv^as equipped in eveiy detail for the purpose of furnishing meals to the delegations and to the personnel of the Secretariat. The me2,2,anine floor was furnished to provide a consultants lounge. The fourth floor offices in the front were re-furnished and provided a meeting place for the Conference Steering Committee. I have no doubt omitted some details vv^ith regards to the preparations, but be assured the task was laborious and taxed our personnel to its capacity; but despite this, everything was in readiness for the opening of the Conference on April 25, 1945. Operations during the Conference consisted of adequate janitation, augmented elevator service, building maintenance and the handhng of lost and found articles. Uncertainties of the activities made operation somevv^hat difficult. Meetings were called or cancelled without notice, requiring constant adjust- ments to cope with the needs. We served diligently throughout the entire Conference and have been rewarded by many pleasing verbal comments as well as numerous complimentary letters. The final session on June 26, 1945, found President Truman in attendance. During this day the United Nations Charter and the Interim Agreement were signed by the delegates of the fifty countries participating. We were able to obtain all of the sig- natures of these delegates for our Guest Book, which we pri2;e as an addition to the records of the War Memorial. The task of restoration was large. We found it advisable to re-paint offices in both buildings before allowing our regular tenants to return. Numerous damages to decorative plaster had to be repaired. Marble bases had to be reset and repaired. Office furniture had to be refinished. Carpets, drapes and upholstery had to be cleaned or repaired. We still have approximately 400 chairs to be repaired and 72 oak benches to be refinished. The total expenditures of the War Memorial Department that can be charged directly to the Conference activities is estimated at approximately $15,400. This amount added to a loss of revenue of approximately $5,000 makes a cash contribution by this Department of approximately $20,400, in addition to the services and housing furnished. Enough credit cannot be given to the employees of the Department for the splendid spirit of cooperation that has made the machinery of operations run smoothly. Under the direction of Edward Sharkey, Managing Director, assisted by Ira Thomp-  son, Secretary to the Board and Daniel O'SuUivan, Clerk' Stenographer, the business of management has been effectively and efficiently conducted. Particularly I stress the manner in which service was given the United Nations Conference on International Organi2;ation. John F. McGuire, Head Janitor, was taxed to capacity along with his crew. In fact, all the employees of the Department, willingly and without comment, coped with the abnormal operating conditions and produced a well--organi2,ed group, each attending to his assignment with resulting efficiency. VETERANS^ BUILDING Because of the creation of new Veteran organi2,ations resulting from World War II, it is evident that the Veterans' Building has not sufficient facilities for these groups to have office space and meeting halls. A general plan is under way, sponsored by the various Vet' eran organi2,ations, which, in effect, will lead to a request for an additional building to the War Memorial to provide the facilities so sorely needed for these organizations. This plan, without question, should have the unanimous support of this Board of Trustees, as well as the general citi2,enry of San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART The San Francisco Museum of Art was able to maintain the pattern of its public services with constantly changing exhibitions of contemporary art and its sources, educational exhibitions and programs, and instructional and recreational activities explana' tory and related to the arts throughout the war period. With  the end of the war, normal operation has been resumed as rapidly as staff members in the services return and other pre fessionally trained personnel can be recruited. The Museum, Hke other tenants of the War Memorial, suffered the disruption of its program during the occupation of the Veterans' Building by the UNCIO, and suspended all its public work in the Building from March 28 through August 7, and did not operate again all galleries and full activities until October 23, when indispensable cleaning and sufficient temporary refurbishing of worn and damaged galleries could be completed. The complicated work of rearrangement and reorganization en' forced by the vacating of storerooms, shops and workrooms still continues and will for many months to come. The Museum is happy to report that despite the risks involved in handling rapidly art works and equipment worth nearly a million dollars at the tim.e of closing no great nor irreparable damage occurred. Because of the interruption of exhibitions from March to August (51/2 months) and the reduced operation until late October (an additional 21/2 months) the total number of ex' hibitions was only 57 for the year as against the normal 100 to 130 annually. Attendance also for the year was only 68,557 as against the normal peace time average of 125,000 to 150,000 annually. It has been gratifying to note that there has been a fairly rapid return to the approximately 10,000 visitors a month the Museum counts as a normal minimum despite the fact that various uncertainties prevented many activities and the long range organization and scheduling of the spectacular and im- portant exhibitions normally presented at intervals. Interesting is the fact that an average of one in ten visitors wears a uniform, and all activities, opened to service personnel on the same basis as to Museum members, have had a 10 per cent to 25 per cent attendance of men and women in uniform. [in MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS Among the major improvements were: Indexing and numbering of all the signatures in the Opera House Guest Book tor reference and identification. Binding of Opera House programs tor the purpose of preserving, for all those interested, a history of the events that have taken place in the Opera House. Painting and re'gilding of the iron fences on the east and west ends of the Memorial Court. Repair of Venetian blinds in the Veterans' Building Club- room and Ladies' Lounge. Installation of an 'V)lio" curtain on the Opera House stage. Repair of all ''Rixson" hinges on the doors leading to the main auditorium of the Opera House. Installation of a modern 'Treon" type compressor in the drinking water cooling system of the Opera House and the Veterans' Building. Repair and revamping of the water lilter piping system, both buildings. Replacing of fire hose. Opera House and Veterans' Building. Repair of metal doors, both buildings. Alterations to Rooms IIS^ 126 and 127, Veterans' Building. Painting and refinishing of corridors and stairways, second and third floors of the Veterans' Building. A valuable acquisition to the furnishings of the Opera House was made through a gift by Mr. A. Livingston Gump of two ''Gobelin" tapestries, depicting two scenes from Tasso's "Jerusalem Delivered" and woven in the years 1732 and 1736.  USE OF OPERA HOUSE— Calendar Year 1945 Grand Opera performances 22 Symphony Concerts 35 Concerts, Opera Association Concert Division 7 Concerts, California Concerts, Inc 20 Ballet performances 36 San Carlo Opera Co. performances 16 Russian Opera and Ballet Association performances. ... 7 Miscellaneous, including rehearsals 27 Total 170 Respectfully submitted, Charles B. Kleupfer, President. [17} STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FISCAL YEAR 1 944-4^- Opera Veterans' Art Total House Building Museum Revenues: Basic Rentals $ 65,345.00 $65,345.00 Percent, above basic . . 18.617.00 18,617.00 Rehearsals 410.00 410.00 Office Rentals 1,800.00 1,800.00 Concessions 7,700.80 7,700.80 Vending Machines . . 137.25 58.07 $ 79.18 Service Charges 3,407.98 3,392.32 $ 15.66 Fixed Charges 100.00 100.00 Miscellaneous 336.00 336.00 Total Revenues .. $97,854.03 $93,930.87 $ 3,807.50 $ 115.66 Expenditures: Permanent Salaries . . $ 92,907.99 Overtime 8,379.35 Temporary Salaries . . 8,870.58 Wages 22,463.12 Contractual Services . 4,281.38 Heat, Light li Power 24,822.90 Materials and Supplies 5,698.20 Pub. Lia. Ins. Prem. . . 1,467.32 Services, other depts. 5,695.17 Reserve Fund Expend. 8,634.42 Scavenger Services . . 440.28 Aux. Fire Alarm Ser. 780.00 Equipment 360.87 ToT.AL Expenditures $184,801.58 Expenditures Exceed Revenues $ 86,947.55 Revenues Exceed Expenditures $ 5,927.74 $34,759.02 $49,678.47 $ 8,470.50 6,291.74 2,034.33 5 3.28 4,95 5.52 3,747.59 167.47 16,569.93 5,893.19 1,202.60 3,078.78 10,327.65 6,632.27 7,862.98 2,779.32 2,104.03 814.85 650.00 717.32 100.00 2,887.93 2,807.24 6,650.85 1,983.57 220.14 220.14 528.0.') 2^~2.f)0 180.43 180.44 $88,003.13 $79,329.37 $17,469.08 $167,332.50 $75,521.87 $17,353.42 $ 69,594.13  APPENDIX PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name of Bonds Int. Rate Maturity Par Value 6213 Pacific Gas ^ Elec. Co 3^4^f 6/1/66 1,000.00 586 California Water Service . . . 4 '? 5/1/61 1,000.00 4280 California Water Service. . 4 9r 5/1/61 1.000.00 1772 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal.. 4 7r 4/1/50 1,000.00 2278 So. Pacific'S. F. Terminal . . 4 Vr 4/1/50 1,000.00 7305 City of New York ^Vz^c 5/1/54 750.00 111 City of New York 3!/2% 5/1/54 250.00 80701 Central Pacific Rwy. Co. . . 4 % 8/1/49 1,000.00 7407 No. Indiana Pub. Scrv. Co. . ^mc 8/1/73 1,000.00 7408 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co. . .3|/8% 8/1/73 1,000.00 L'M3209 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3210 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3211 Pacific Gas fe? Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3212 Pacific Gas 6? Elec. Co 3 7^ 6/1/74 1,000.00 L'M3213 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 9r 6/1/74 1,000.00 $15,000.00 [19} SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDENT'S ANNUAL REPORT 1946 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WAR MEMORIAL OF SAN FRANCISCO January 9, 1947 G63441 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO Roger D. Lapiiam Mavor Board of Trustees OF THE War Memorial of San Francisco GuiDO J. MusTO, President Walter A. Leonetti, Vice President Sidney M. Ehrman Frank A. Flynn* Alvin Gerlack D. Lyle Ghirardelli Wilber a. Henderson Daniel S. Hewitt Charles B. Kleupfer Richard H. Newhall Ralph J. A. Stern ^Confirmed July 10, 1946 vice E. Lawrence George, resigned War Memorial Staff Edward J. Sharkey. Managing Director E. Lawrence George. Secretary to the Board San Francisco, California January 9, 1947 To the Honorable Roger D. Lapham Mayor, City and County of San Francisco and to the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial of San Francisco Gentlemen: It may be well for us all to realize that our beautiful and useful War Memorial has been of service to the people of San Francisco for fourteen years. To you, Honorable Mayor Lapham, I tender my sincere thanks for my reappr)intment as one of the Board of Trustees and to you my fellow Board Members for your kindness in electing me President of the Board for the year of 1946. In the past two years, rentals of the Opera House have increased to almost three times the number of rentals during the first six years. As an aftermath of World A\'ar II many new units of Veterans' organizations have been created. This condition resulting in the A'eterans' Building now being operated to its utmost capacity practically every night of the month. Obviously with the increased use of all of the facilities of the W^ar Memorial, it has created many additional op- erating problems primarily due to the relatively small staff of both management and other employees that are in the employ of the War ]^Iemorial Department. Unlike practically every other city department, the Managing Di- rector does not have an immediate assistant which, of course, in view of the fact that his responsibilities are not only for the maintenance and up-keep of the buildings but likewise, he is responsible for bookings and for operation of the Opera House during the presentation of any per- formances. This, of course, places upon the Managing Director a great deal more burden than that which right- fully should be his. In an effort to relieve the tremendous amount of work  now resting both upon the ]\Tanaging- Director and the Secretary of the Board, it is my recommendation that there be created at least one additional employment; namely, that of General Clerk-Stenographer in the Exec- utive Office of the War Memorial. This at least will tend to relieve our managing staff of some of the detailed work w^hich properly should be carried by others. We have the good fortune of a competent Managing Director in the personage of Mr. Edward Sharkey. Much praise has been accorded to Mr. Sharkey in many of the reports made by the retiring chairmen in the past six years and one realizes more and more his value by working with him through the years. Mr. E. Lawrence George has been appointed as Secre- tary to the Board succeeding Mr. Ira Thompson who re- signed the position to accept an appointment in another city department. Mr. George's work is very satisfactory and there is no question that he will be able to continue the high standards set for the particular duties of the Secretary. Mr. Daniel O'Sullivan has taken a leave of absence to enter the employ of another city department and his place has been capably filled in temporary employment by Miss Ruth Rieve. The War Memorial Department has enjoyed a most splendid growth during the past six years and the present- ation of theatrical programs, as previously noted, has in- creased considerably. During the recent Grand Opera sea- son twenty-seven performances of Grand Opera were presented and enjoyed by the people of San Francisco and also many visitors from out of the city. The War Memorial buildings are now operating in a normal manner after having been the home of the United Nations during their recent Conference in San Francisco. We who are serving on the Board are fully cognizant of our responsibilities as Trustees of this great War I\Iem- orial which was erected and dedicated to the memory of  those veterans of our city who died while serving with the armed forces of these United States in past wars. The members of the Board have discharged their duties intelH- gently and with sincerity. At times there has been some dififerences of opinion but at all times the differences and suggestions have been constructive. It is my desire at this time, to extend my personal thanks as well as the thanks of the Board of Trustees, to the American Legion War Memorial Commission that have to do with the operation of the Veterans' Building for their most splendid cooperation as well as financial contri- butions during the past year. It has been a genuine pleasure to have worked with this fine body of veteran representa- tives. THE VETERANS' BUILDING The first three floors of the Veterans' Building are oc- cupied and used by veteran and patriotic organizations. In the facilities, there is an Auditorium with a seating cap- acity of eleven hundred. The ofiices on the first floor of the Veterans' Building are occupied and used by the head- quarters of the various veterans' groups and on the second floor, in addition to the meeting halls, there is a Club room and Women's Cocktail Lounge. Located on the second floor parallel to Van Ness Avenue is the beautiful Green Room which is handsomely furnished and used as a library, reading and lounging room. Over two hundred veteran and patriotic organizations hold their meetings regularly in the Veterans' Building. They include the American Legion, The Disabled Ameri- can Veterans of the World W^ar, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Sons of the American Legion, The Gold Star Mothers, The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Forty & Eight, The Eight and Forty, The Military Order of the Purple Heart and The United Spanish War Veterans and many other well known veteran organiza- tions. During the past year approximately two hundred performances and attractions of various kinds were given  in the Auditorium. They consisted of lectures, concerts, dances and other miscellaneous events. The Veterans' Building is now operating all of its facilities to the utmost capacity and it is very evident that an additional building will have to be made available because of the increase of veteran organizations and also because of the increase in their many types of activities. The number of people using the Veterans' Building during the past years has been estimated at over six hundred thousand. This, of course, is pointing to the fact that there is a considerable amount of wear and tear of facilities and of the building which brings about many problems of up-keep and replacement. THE SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART This institution occupies the fourth floor of the Veterans' Building. It is operated as a Museum of the San Fran- cisco Art Association under the Directorship of Dr. Grace L. Morley. It has become one of the most active art mu- seums in this section of the state. Many types of exhibi- tions were held during the last year. They included paint- ings, prints, sculpture, photographs and other forms of the allied arts. Many thousands of people availed them- selves to the use of the Aluseum by visiting it during the past year. There has been provided in the current budget the sum of $110,000 for the i)urp()se of renovating and making many other additic ns and needed structural changes in the Art Museum section. This will, of course, make the facilities a great deal mc^re convenient for use by the general public. The rentals of the Opera House have increased tremen- dously during the past six years. It is well to note that at the beginning, the Opera House was used approximately only 30 times which was increased over a period of several years to approximately 110 or 120 times a year. The rentals have increased during the past six years to over three hundred presentations. The Opera House is one of the most magnificent of its kind in the world and its stan- [ 11 1 dard of maintenance and operation is of the very highest. It is estimated that during the past year there was an ag- gregate attendance of about five hundred thousand people. Many of the leading artists of the music w^orld were presented for the enjoyment of the citizens of San Fran- cisco. The usual splendid season of symphony was given by the Musical Association of San Francisco. The Symphony under the capable conductorship of Pierre Monteux pre- sented its usual unexcelled Symphony. PERSONNEL OF THE BOARD At the end of 1946 the terms of three members of the Board expired. They were Mr, Walter Leonetti, Mr. Alvin Gerlack, and Mr. Frank Flynn. All had carried out their duties during the past years conscientiously and well. Mr. Flynn had served only five months. He had been appointed to an unexpired portion of a term. The retiring members believed that it might be well to afford an opportunity to other veterans to serve on the Board and indicated that this was their wish. It was felt, however, because of the short time served by Mr. Flynn, he should have an oppor- tunity to complete a full term. Because of the above action, two new trustees were appointed. They were as follows : Mr. Ben Baggenstos, Mr. Milton Kletter, and Mr. Flynn. OPERA HOUSE BOOKINGS DURING THE PAST YEAR Grand Opera Performances 27 Symphony Concerts 87 Concerts, Opera Association Concert Division 28 Concerts, California Concerts - Larry Allen 21 Ballet Performances 41 San Carlos Opera Company Performances 27 Russian Opera & Ballet Performances 6 Miscellaneous, including rehearsals 101 The Board of Trustees has recently adopted a policy against the use of the Opera House in the future for con- vention purposes. [ 13 1 It is well that everyone is conversant of the reasons for the adoption of this policy. As most everyone knows, the Opera House was erected under the terms of a trust for certain specific purposes. These purposes are set forth in the trust as being mainly for the presentation of symphony concerts, ballets, operas and other musical and theatrical presentations. Many of the people of San Francisco con- tributed their own personal funds which go to make up this trust for the purposes set forth and there most cer- tainly is a moral as well as legal responsibility resting upon the War Memorial Board of Trustees to see that the War Memorial is used for the purposes enumerated in the trust as well as to carry out the intent of the people who contributed such large sums of money. It is very ol)- vious that the furnishings and other appointments of the Opera House preclude the practicability of permitting conventions to be held there. As a matter of fact, it is quite evident, because of the substantial damage that has been caused to the Opera House during recent conventions held there, that one of two things must be done. Either the Opera House shall be used for the purpose for which it was erected or it shall be permitted to be used as a convention hall and would in a short period of time certainly lose its identity as an out- standing and beautiful edifice. It is a well established fact and one which can be readily ascertained by a visit to auditoriums or halls where con- ventions are generally held that, of course, there is a tremendous amount of wear and tear upon the building and its furnishings when used for convention purposes. Marble slabs and tables have been damaged, a great amount of gold leaf work scratched ofif of the walls and moldings, nails and tacks have been driven into ornamental plaster work, ornamental plaster moldings have been brok- en and a great amount of other damage has been caused. It is only necessary to point out at this time that it is fully impractical to attempt to operate and maintain the [ 151 opera House in the manner in which the people expect it to be maintained; namely as that of a beautiful Opera House for the i)resentatii)n of theatrical ])r()j^Tams and on the other hand, to permit the use of the Opera House for purposes that generally tend toward the above stated type of damage. It is impossible to repair the damage to the ornamental plaster work in i)atches. Either the entire surface is done over or the result is a very unsightly view because the effect is of various colorings on the walls where the damage is done. The adoption of this ])olicy, contrary to statements or opinions of people who are interested in the use of the Opera House for the purposes other than that which the Opera House was erected, obviously will not materially effect the bringing to San P^-ancisco many conventions or visitors. It is well to point out at this time that the Opera House has a relatively small seating capacity as com])ared to the Civic Auditorium. A check of the past record will show that only a few conventions have used the Opera House during the past years. It is far better that the Opera House be used for the i)urposes for which it was intended and maintained as a place of beauty and an inspiration than it be used a couple of times a year for convention purposes to the detriment of the building and of the i)eople who desire that it be a show^ place. As everyone knows, the Civic Auditorium and its gen- eral furnishings are the type of furnishings w^hich are used throughout the United States in convention halls. They are of a type that permit a considerable amount of wear and tear that is prevalent during a convention and are certainly not the luxurious type that is installed and main- tained in the 0])era House. Moreover, by the utilizing of the adjacent halls of the Civic Auditorium, there would be very little need or use of the War Memorial Opera House or Veterans' Building. VVe suggest that those interested attempt to establish a program for the utilizing of the [ 16 1 Auditorium and its attendant halls for convention pur- poses. Of course, the members of the Board of Trustees, being citizens of the City and County of San Francisco are just as much interested in bringing visitors and conventions to San Francisco as any other individual or group of indi- viduals but their primary responsibility is to carry out the terms of a trust and to assure that the use of the Opera House will in no manner detract from its beautiful appear- ance or from its luxurious furnishings and this cannot be done if conventions are to use the Opera House, as much as the Board regrets to take this action. The Veterans' Building is operating to its utmost cap- acity and many complaints have been made by the tenants of the Veterans' Building because of the use of certain rooms of that building for convention purposes. Because of the compactness of the building and its surroundings, unquestionably conventions do interfere with practical operations of those whose offices are on the first floor as well as on other floors of the building. They are constantly interrupted by strangers who are not acquainted with the building walking in and out of the offices during the day looking for committees and subcommittees. The use of the elevators and other facilities around the building while a convention is being held only adds to the confusion and interferes with the permanent tenants. The use of the meeting halls is practically out of the question because of the fact that it is impossible to proper- ly clean these rooms and the adjoining surrounding area in order to have them ready for meetings held by veteran organizations during the evening. Most certainly these rooms and the surrounding area should be properly cleaned for the veteran meetings. Irregardless of the different opinions of those that are not charged with the operation of the building, it is very clearly set forth that the use of the Veterans' Building should be by and for the Veterans or- ganizations.  The veterans groups would like to give what assistance they can to bring conventions to the city but as it has been ])reviously pointed out, it certainly does not stop bringing conventions to San Francisco by limiting the use of the War Memorial because the records show that relatively few con\-entions are held there. There are several halls within the area of the Civic Center that can be used for comentions and other ])iir])oscs l)Ut again it may be more ])ractical as stated before to utilize the full facilities of the Civic Auditorium. The \'eterans' Building should not be turned into a convention hall. Enumerable requests have been made from time to time during the past years by various veterans' groups that the rooms be thrown open for meeting ])urposes during the day. These rc(|uests ha\'e become more numerous due to the fact that more veteran and ])atri()tic organizations have come into existence since World War II. These re- f|uests have been turned down. Needless to say, the opera- tion of the building in this manner can only be at an addi- tional cost of thousands of dollars a year to the taxpayers and most certainly this could not be considered of any material advar.tage. 11ie use of the l)uilding for other pur- ])oses during the day cannot be ])ermitted when the veter- ans are denied day time use. The ty])e of furnishings in these meeting halls will not ])ermit the usual hard wear and tear that is the result of con\-ention use and there is no questior, that the intent of the people should be carried out and that is that the Vet- erans' Building should be kept and maintained for veteran use. However, it is ])ossil)le to permit the use of the Audi- torimn in the Veterans' Building for commercial purposes whenever there is no use of it made by the veteran groups. MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS Lacquering c)i floors of the offices of the first floor of Veterans' Building. Installation of Velour covered ropes for standee control in the Opera House. [18 1 Binding of Opera House programs covering all the pre- sentations up to date with provisions for future binding. Completion of indexing the signature book in Opera House. Repair of copper coping over stage and roof of Opera House. Repair of oak l^enches due to damage caused by United Nations occupancy. Installation of flood lights in Memorial Court between the two buildings in order to provide adequate lighting for persons passing to and from the Court. Painting and refinishing South Corridor back stage of Opera House. Repairing and refinishing of elevator shafts and cars of Veterans' Building and Opera House. Repainting of Room 21}), Veterans' Building. Scaling and repainting of Opera House skylight. Repair and reconditioning of all Venetian blinds of all the meeting rooms on second floor of Veterans' Building. Repairing and refinishing certain sections of the Art Museum. Repair of miscellaneous furniture in Opera House and Veterans' Building. Recovering of all awmings on both buildings. Installation of signs above all offices on first floor A'et- erans' Building. Overhauling of water tanks of the fire pressure system in both buildings. FINANCES It would be of interest to all to review the record of revenues accrued to the City and County of San Fran- cisco due to the operations of the War Memorial Buildings  during the past years. Following is a table of receipts from 1932 to 1946 inclusive: 1932 -33 $ 24,846.75 1933-34 33,124.59 1934-35 41,689.84 1935-36 38,075.82 1936-37 42,081.30 1937-38 45,804.28 1938-39 40,313.87 1939-40 48,970.10 1940-41 50,862.74 1941-42 ......... 45,959.72 1942-43 47,010.07 1943-44 66,348.15 1944-45 97,854.03 1945-46 78,666.54 Respectfully submitted, GUiDO J. :musto President 20 STATEMENT OF CASH RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS FISCAL YEAR 1945-46 Opera Veterans' Art REVENUES Total House Building Museum Basic Rentals $56,455.00 $56,455.00 Percent, Above Basic .. 11,133.63 11,133.63 Rehearsals 750.00 750.00 Office Rentals 3,333.34 3,333.34 Concessions 3,649.34 3,649.34 Vending Machines 46.32 28.92 $ 17.40 Service Charges 2,640.00 2,640.00 Fixed Charges 100.00 $ 100.00 Miscellaneous 558.91 558.91 Total Revenues $78,666.54 $75,350.23 $ 3,216.31 $ 100.00 EXPENDITURES Permanent Salaries $98,179.98 $40,173.96 $47,925.56 $10,080.46 Overtime 6,584.15 5,483.16 1,022.35 78.64 Temporary Salaries .... 5,703.26 3,718.57 1,844.63 140.06 Wages 22,015.58 17,145.87 4,869.71 Contractual Services .... 4,929.00 2,078.81 2,850.19 Heat, Light & Power.... 21,761.87 9,218.86 6,196.14 6,346.87 Material & Supplies .... 5,507.88 3,071.12 1,751.08 685.68 Pub. Lia. Ins. Prem 1,648.00 824.00 724.00 100.00 Services, Other Dept. .. 4,858.86 2,130.10 2,728.76 Reserve Fund Expend... 15,054.66 2,475.15 12,579.51 Scavenger Services 506.28 253.14 253.14 Aux. Fire Alarm Ser 780.00 528.00 252.00 Equipment 266.77 81.38 81.39 104.00 Total Expenditures $187,796.29 $87,182.12 $83,078.46 $17,535.71 $170,260.58 Expenditures Exceed Revenues $109,129.75 $11,831.89 $79,812.15 $17,435.71 [21 1 APPENDIX PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP TRUST BOND HOLDINGS Bond No. Name of Bonds Int. Rate Maturity Par Value 1772 So. Pacific - S. F. Terminal.. 4 'r 4/1/50 1,000.00 2278 So. Pacific - S. F. Terminal.. 4 % 4/1/50 1,000.00 7305 City of New York V/2% 5/1/54 750.00 111 City of New York 3>4% 5/1/54 250.00 80701 Central Pacific Rwy. Co 4 7r 8/1/49 1,000.00 7407 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co... V/^'/c 8/1/73 1,000.00 7408 No. Indiana Pub. Serv. Co... V/^r'c 8/1/73 1,000.00 L-M3209 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 ^f 6/1/74 1,000.00 L-M3210 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L-M3211 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L-M3212 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 L-M3213 Pacific Gas & Elec. Co 3 % 6/1/74 1,000.00 TM26-024 Southwestern Tel. Co 2y^f/c 10/1/85 1,000.00 TM26-025 Southwestern Tel. Co 2>^% 10/1/85 1,000.00 TM26-026 Southwestern Tel. Co 2;ki% 10/1/85 1,000.00 TM26-027 Southwestern Tel. Co 2^% 10/1/85 1,000.00 $15,000.00 i2^G^ 7jj^ i.^ 22 m ■■!l w ■.A I * ' ', :| 'iii'